While all the headlines related to mosquitoes this summer featured Zika, Zika, and more Zika, West Nile Virus is here, in Worcester, now. Mosquito-borne disease season is mid to late summer. Typically West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis will emerge around now. First, it will be detected in local mosquito populations and sometimes is followed by human cases or animal cases.
Tracking West Nile Virus in Massachusetts
The state monitors West Nile Virus in mosquito populations, humans and animals. According to Massachusetts Department of Public Health in 2015, there were 10 cases of West Nile Virus in humans in the Bay State. One of those cases was in Worcester and the patient presented with meningitis. West Nile Virus in humans can vary from asymptomatic to febrile illness to severe illness that can even lead to death. Read our web page on West Nile Virus to learn more about the symptoms.
This year, Worcester gets the unfortunate distinction of the first location in the Massachusetts to have positive results for West Nile Virus in the local mosquito population. Follow the MDPH website for daily results of Massachusetts mosquito sample testing.
What does a West Nile Virus Postive Mosquito mean to you?
When mosquitoes test positive for mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, it is a way to warn the public to take extra precautions when spending time outdoors. While many people don’t get sick from West Nile Virus, there is a sector of the population that is at greater risk for severe illness. Those over the age of 60, those with cancer, kidney disease, hypertension, diabetes, and organ transplant recipients should take even further precautions as they are at high risk for neuroinvasive illness that could lead to death.
At Mosquito Squad of Worcester, we are grateful to live in a state with a great mosquito surveillance program. With proper warning upon the arrival of the mosquito-borne virus for the season, we can make sure we take extra precautions to protect our families, our pets and especially those who are at great risk for severe illness. Prevention is the best medicine. Our mosquito barrier spray eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes on your property and continues to work for up to 3 weeks. Call today.