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Mosquito samples test positive for West Nile Virus in Western Mass.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) - The Massachusetts Department of Health confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in samples of mosquitoes tested in Pittsfield. 

Officials say West Nile Virus is commonly spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. So far, there are no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Massachusetts this season. 

To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infection, a truck-mounted mosquito spray application is scheduled for 10 p.m. to midnight on Monday, July 16. The spraying will take place within a one-mile radius of the Elm and Williams Street intersection. 

A map of the scheduled spray area can be accessed through the Health Department page on the city’s website:http://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/health_and_inspections/index.php. Click on “2018 Mosquito Control Update” to view the map.

Residents can opt out of spraying by completing this form.

Health officials say the majority of the people infected will not have symptoms. About 20 percent who are infected will have symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, skin rash on chest, stomach and back. One percent of those will develop severe illness.

These are the best ways to protect yourself and loved ones from mosquito-borne illnesses:

  • When outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and socks.
  • Use a repellent with DEET according to the instructions on the product label.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing holes in screens and making sure screens fit tightly to doors and windows.
  • Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home to eliminate sources of mosquito breeding.

Learn more about mosquito-borne viruses.


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