The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services begins testing mosquitoes in July for West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, another mosquito-borne disease, to alert the public when the diseases are in their area. You can view up-to-date mosquito testing results at mosquitoresults.com.
West Nile Virus Mosquitoes
A mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus in Fairhaven on July 6th and since that story broke another tested positive in Abington. What does a positive West Nile Virus mosquito mean for you?
West Nile Virus is a disease that is spread to humans and birds by the bite of an infected mosquito. While most people never experience a symptom, it can be dangerous and even deadly. While it doesn’t get a ton of news coverage, West Nile Virus remains an annual threat through most of the United States. Read more about the symptoms of West Nile Virus to determine if you may have transmitted the disease.
West Nile Virus Arrives Early
West Nile Virus is typically found in mosquitoes before human cases pop up. The MDPH mosquito testing allows local and state municipalities to get involved with mosquito control should numbers become unusually high. South Coast Today reports that Fairhaven does treat catch basins with mosquito larvicide and offers help for homeowners who need it. Usually, it is the end of July or early August before West Nile Virus arrives on the scene, but the Fairhaven mosquito tested positive during the first week of July, meaning it is a bit early this year. Early positive results, typically mean it will be a longer West Nile virus season.
What do you need to do?
Keep an eye on mosquitoresults.com for up-to-date testing information in your area. If you are near any areas where positive WNV test results occur, take extra precautions when going outdoors. Use repellent, cover your skin, and be aware of the symptoms of West Nile Virus.
For care-free outdoor living at home, alert the Mosquito Squad in Fall River and the South Shore. We’ll be happy to help you enjoy the rest of the season with 85-90% fewer mosquitoes on your property. Call today.
Review the CDC’s West Nile Virus page for even more information.