A mosquito pool in West Roxbury has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), the Boston Public Health Commission reported today. In June, a positive mosquito pool was found in Roslindale. There have been no confirmed human cases of WNV in Boston this year.
“It’s again the time of year when it’s not surprising to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in Boston, and people should take some simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites,” said Dr. Anita Barry, director the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Public Health Commission.
These steps include using insect repellant when outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are more likely to be biting and, when possible, wearing clothing that includes long sleeves and pants. People can avoid attracting mosquitoes in their homes by making sure that their window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from getting into the house.
To prevent mosquitoes from breeding, BPHC advises limiting places around the home where standing water can collect. People should turn over unused flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, and garbage cans; remove leaves and other debris that can clog gutters and trap water; dispose of or cover old tires; and cover swimming pools and kiddie pools when not in use.
WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. Most people who become infected do not develop any symptoms, however, the virus may cause serious illness in a small number of those infected. The risk of infection and illness can be further reduced by following these precautionary measures.
The city has also begun putting larvicide in catch basins in Boston neighborhoods, a process designed to reduce the number of mosquitoes.
Please see the fact sheet below to help protect yourself and family from WNV:
· Haitian Creole
· Cape Verde
For more information on WNV, call the Boston Public Health Commission at 617-534-5611 or visit www.bphc.org.