Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Leominster

Posted September 01, 2017

There have been 24 reported human cases of West Nile Virus that were either confirmed or probable, according to Public Health Ontario's website.

There were nine pools that tested positive for West Nile virus in both Greenville and Beaufort counties. "The mosquito species that was found is not a biting mosquito, but there are still people out there who could be hurt by West Nile".

While most people sickened by West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms, health officials say about 20 percent suffer mild illness with fever and about 1 in 150 people become severely ill.

"This is an important reminder to stay vigilant and protect against mosquito bites throughout the summer and into the fall", said Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive at the MDHHS.

Results provide information on the numbers and types of mosquitoes present, as well as the rates of infection with WNV and other viruses that may have public health importance.

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The mosquitoes were caught August 22 in North Leominster and West Fitchburg, and lab results came back positive for the virus Wednesday, Knuth said.

When people do show symptoms, they can mimic those of flu or what people call "stomach flu", Dr. Soule noted. Those who do usually experience mild symptoms, such as a fever, headache, muscle aches, rash and fatigue. However, some people - less than one percent - will develop serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. Older adults and persons with weakened immune systems and/or other chronic illnesses are at the greatest risk for severe illness. To avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, wear a mosquito repellent with DEET. More mosquitoes, means more problems for you.

Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

- Any containers that can collect water should be discarded or dumped daily.

To protect yourself from the virus, it's recommended you wear light-coloured trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.