Statewide West Nile risk level is raised to moderate

West Nile Virus

GETTY INFECTION Heatwave has sparked deadly spread of mosquito West Nile Virus

"If ever a pet is demonstrating the signs of West Nile virus, which are confusion, seizures, paralysis, it is much more likely that something else is going on than West Nile, and a person ought to go out and consult their veterinarian immediately", explained Sharon Harvey, the President and CEO of the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

Some Jackson residents weren't aware that nine cases have been reported in Hinds County, but are still on top of their game when it comes to fighting off mosquitoes. West Nile virus can infect anyone, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, but those over the age of 50 are at a higher risk for more severe disease.

OH had 14 cases of West Nile Virus in horses in 2017. If you think you have West Nile virus infection, contact your healthcare provider.

Last month, OH reported its first human West Nile virus case for the year.

Reports confirmed that mosquitoes located in the south Chapman Highway and west Kingston Pike areas of Knox County were found to contain the West Nile virus.

"All residents, regardless of their location, should protect themselves and their families against mosquito bites".

Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. The standard response to prevent mosquito breeding in an area with a positive sample of mosquitoes consists of increased spraying and larviciding in the area until trapped mosquitoes test negative for the virus. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors.

Officials are encouraging MA residents to use insect repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient when outdoors, to be aware of peak mosquito hours (from dusk to dawn), to wear long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors and to mosquito-proof your home by draining standing water and installing or repairing screens. View the HealthLinkBC file on DEET (http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile96.stm) for guidelines on how frequently to apply repellent.

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