West Nile Virus Possibility Degree Raised To ‘High’ In 27 Massachusetts Communities

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BOSTON (CBS) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Friday raised the West Nile Virus chance degree from average to prime in 27 towns and cities within the Boston space. The determination used to be made because of 4 contemporary human circumstances and the primary animal case found out in a Middlesex County alpaca.

Health officers are seeing an building up within the Culex mosquito inhabitants, which carries the virus, they usually say contemporary wet climate prerequisites are favorable for mosquito job.

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The communities seeing their chance degree raised are Lynnfield and Saugus, in Essex County; Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Everett, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Reading, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Winchester, and Woburn in Middlesex County; Brookline in Norfolk County; and Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop in Suffolk County.

Click right here to look the West Nile Virus chance map for all the state.

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“September is the month when we are most likely to see people get infected with West Nile virus,” stated Acting Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke in a remark. “While we advise everyone to take steps to avoid mosquito bites, this is especially important if you are over the age of 50 or have an immune compromising condition. It is also important to know that as overnight temperatures get cooler, mosquito activity right around dusk and dawn may be more intense.”

Most folks inflamed with West Nile Virus don’t enjoy signs, however folks 50 and older are at the next chance for critical illness. Symptoms can come with fever and flu-like sickness.

People can steer clear of mosquito bites by way of the use of repellent, dressed in long-sleeved garments and pants and staying inside of right through the height mosquito hours of nightfall and first light.

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