Mosquitoes In Boston Test Positive For West Nile Virus

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Sentinel chickens have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and nine mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Norfolk, the Norfolk Department of Health announced Thursday.

There have been no recorded human cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in the city this year, but the Boston Public Health Commission is asking residents to mosquito-proof their homes to prevent possible bites and transmission of the virus.

"We understand that keeping away from the outdoors is not always practical".

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Other precautions people can take to minimize mosquito exposure are to fix or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside, and reduce or eliminate all standing water.

- Dispose of old tires.

The mosquitoes were recently found in three traps near the intersections of Johnson Street and Avenue 70 and Colfax Street and Avenue 71, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. Contact the Oswego County Solid Waste Department at 315-591-9200 for details.

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- Empty or dispose of pails, cans, flower pots, or similar water-holding containers.

- Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.

Clean roof gutters and downspout screens.

- Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use.

- Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.

Local government mosquito control teams have been active in elevating spray schedules in major cities like Houston, Corpus Christi, McAllen and Brownsville, while state and local public health officials have initiated public awareness and education campaigns to encourage home and business owners to take an active role in addressing standing water caused by torrential rains that covered most of the Texas coast, June 17-23.

The Lake County Health Department's Mosquito Surveillance Program coordinates mosquito trapping results throughout Lake County.

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