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Iberia Parish says West Nile Virus detected in local mosquito population

Iberia Parish says West Nile Virus detected in local mosquito population

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Worcester and that the risk level remains at moderate.

In a release the Marathon County health department said this means residents will need to become more vigilant in their protective measures against the insects as the summer comes to a close.

In 2017, the health district reported three cases of West Nile virus.

City crews also monitor the mosquito population on a weekly basis through the use of mosquito traps to evaluate the effectiveness of larval control, provide early warnings for when adult populations are rising and also test for West Nile Virus.

In rare instances, West Nile virus can be fatal.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective.

Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile have been found in Stanley, Beadle, Brown, Brookings and Minnehaha counties. Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

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Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

There have been no reports of people affected with the disease in the area.

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.

Residents are encouraged to wear insect repellent, wear light-coloured clothing and remove standing water to prevent infection.

For more information about the region's 2018 West Nile positive results, head over to at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or call the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.