Way to prevent bites includes using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. "Move indoors if you are getting bitten".
Base officials recommend residents use insect repellent, protect young children and wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers to prevent mosquito bites. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. Signs of the virus include flu-like symptoms, where the horse seems mildly anorexic and depressed. "Mosquitoes carry many diseases that can cause serious illnesses", said Dr. desVignes-Kendrick, local health authority and director of Health and Human Services. Use prevention methods whenever mosquitoes are present.
MS reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017. Consult a physician before applying insect repellents on children. Repellents containing DEET are safe for those over six months of age when used according to the directions on the label. Check rain gutters and drains. The West Nile Virus can be found often in many deceased birds, like crows, robins, and blue jays, and mosquitoes can contract the virus by feeding off of said birds. If an animal is suspected of having WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings.
Health officials warned that continued warm temperatures and standing water create a good breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Residents are also being urged to check screens on windows and doors at their homes for holes that mosquitoes can get through. The standard response to prevent mosquito breeding in an area with a positive sample of mosquitoes consists of increased spraying and larviciding in the area until trapped mosquitoes test negative for the virus.