Monday, August 6, 2018

West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquito Sampling in Bridgewater

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced on 8/3/2018 that (WNV) has been detected in Mosquitoes in Bridgewater, Massachusetts for the first time this year. The mosquito sample was collected on July 31, 2018 in the Town of Bridgewater. As of August 6, 2018 there are NO positive tests for (EEE). 

By taking a few common-sense precautions people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones: 

Avoid Mosquito Bites 
Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours- The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during the evening or early morning. Otherwise take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing. Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult when it's hot but wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. 

Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, Ndiethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridan (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)) according to the instructions on the label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 3 0% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applies to the skin. 

Mosquito- Proof Your Home Drain Standing Water- Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools and change water in birdbaths frequently. Install or Repair Screens- Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all your windows and doors. 

While the Health Department continues to work closely with MDPH and other agencies, locally we are actively taking steps to prepare our community for any future positive results.

No comments:

Post a Comment