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West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Worcester, Auburn

09 July 2018

The mosquitoes will be tested for West Nile Virus and also for the types of mosquito species that are in Monona County.

The Eastern Equine Encephalitis sample was collected near the 1000 block of Indian River Road. The Vector Control Division sent crews to those areas and fogged the Berkeley and Campostella neighborhoods.

Olivares says in Hidalgo County, the Health and Human Services' Infectious Disease Surveillance Program conducts active, passive, sentinel, and syndromic surveillance investigations on notifiable conditions with local medical providers, hospitals, schools, and universities, and other public health stakeholders.

No humans have tested positive for the virus, according to the city of Worcester. The department said Vector Control has already fogged some of these areas.

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Officials say fogging, along with storm drain treatments, larviciding and backyard inspections, will continue this week and next week permitting the weather.

Worcester officials are urging residents to be cautious outside as West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in both Worcester and Auburn.

People who get West Nile can become seriously sick and it can become fatal.

West Nile Virus can infect people of all ages, but those older than 50 are at higher risk for severe infection. "If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, shoes and socks as weather permits", said Huang.

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Make sure window screens are in good fix.

Make use of repellents containing DEET (read the instructions before) as often as needed.

Drill drain holes in the bottoms of recycling containers, turn over wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use, and remove all discarded tires.

The commission also advises residents to fix window and door screens, empty standing water from gutters, buckets, pool covers and other places regularly.

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- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.

West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Worcester, Auburn