Mosquitoes are known carriers of WNV and other disease-causing viruses.
In a press release, he said, "Most people who contract West Nile virus show no symptoms at all, or show mild symptoms, and will recover without a visit to the doctor".
Because the species of mosquito found carrying the virus doesn't normally bite humans, the risk of the public becoming infected is low, Leominster Health Director Christopher Knuth said.
There have also been 333 surveillance pools in the province where mosquitos have been collected and have tested positive for the virus. In a very small number of cases, West Nile virus has been spread through blood transfusions; organ transplants; and from mother to baby during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding. The Town of BWG has historically been identified as an area with increased risk for the virus, and for many years has instituted a program of larviciding stormwater catch basins, to reduce mosquito populations and provide extra protection to the public. No symptoms in most people. He said people should stay inside when mosquitos are most active, around dusk or dawn, but if a person must go outside, he or she should wear long sleeves and long trousers with repellant. Symptoms of the disease include fever, chills, headache, neck pain and stiffness, joint pain and stiffness, and mental confusion, noted Dr. Soule.
Apply insect repellents on exposed skin or clothing.
People infected with California serogroup viruses may have no apparent symptoms.
US Missile Defense Test Hits and a Miss
A day after the latest North Korean missile launch, the U.S. military test-intercepted a ballistic missile off the Hawaii coast. Earlier this week, an intermediate-range missile, identified by the North Koreans as a Hwasong-12, was sacked over Japan.
Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water.
Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active. To avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, wear a mosquito repellent with DEET.
"The higher wind from a fan will help keep the mosquitoes from landing on you", said Hausbeck.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and when pools are covered do not let standing water accumulate.
Frequently replace the water in pet bowls.