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Mosquito pond in Jamaica Plain tests positive for West Nile virus

09 July 2018

The mosquitoes will be tested for West Nile Virus and also for the types of mosquito species that are in Monona County.

During the summer months, MDPH collects routine samples of mosquitoes to monitor for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

There have been no reports of people contracting the virus this year in Lake County.

Insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are effective but should be used with care.

"Dress: Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin". Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water.

The Lake County Health Department's Mosquito Surveillance Program coordinates mosquito trapping results throughout Lake County.

The discovery follows five recent detections of West Nile virus in mosquitoes found in Palm Desert and Indian Wells, which led to increased mosquito spraying and trapping in those cities. Since 2002, there have been 64 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County, as well as two confirmed deaths.

The virus was identified at a mosquito pool in Jamaica Plain, according to the Boston Public Health Commission.

"With two mosquito-borne viruses now active in the Coachella Valley, it is more important than ever for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites, " district spokeswoman Jill Oviatt said.

"It is typical to find West Nile Virus in Boston at this time of year due to the periods of hot weather", BPHC Medical Director Jennifer Lo said. Just like in humans, the birds get infected through the bite of an infected mosquito and may pass it onto other mosquitoes that bite them. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle ache.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Neil Schader says PA residents can take steps to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus.

Mosquito pond in Jamaica Plain tests positive for West Nile virus