Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

West Nile Virus confirmed in Marathon County

West Nile Virus confirmed in Marathon County

The best way to prevent infection is to wear bug spray whenever you're outside.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Worcester and that the risk level remains at moderate.

DEET is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent.

When using repellent, always follow the recommendations on the product label.

Any containers that can collect water should be discarded or dumped daily. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Infected mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, according to the release.

Set up outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes from flying near you. "Individuals exposed today can take up to 1-2 weeks to first develop symptoms". People with severe or unusual headaches should see their clinician.

The elderly, those with compromised immune systems, or those with other underlying conditions are at greater risk for complications from the disease.

The agency says the individual was hospitalized for their illness and is recovering at home. As a precaution, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is spraying nearby areas. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water.

For more information, contact Lowndes County Public Works at 229-671-2700. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of three years.

Mosquitoes with WNV were found on North Broad Street, Downman Road, Elysian Fields Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Mirabeau Avenue and Paris Avenue. It's also treating surface water on public land.

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