September 7 2016
West Nile Virus Found in Burlington Mosquito
The Burlington Board of Health is informing residents that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in a mosquito collected in Burlington on August 30, 2016.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) risk level remains at moderate for Burlington, the release states.
“WNV can infect people of all ages, however, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease,” the Health Department states. “WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.”
The board requests that residents inspect their property to ensure that all standing water is removed. Unused buckets and containers, plastic toys, tires, wading pools, etc. should be emptied and water in birdbaths should be changed frequently.
They also say that during the summer, mosquito larvae can complete their development in water within a week. Residents should take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites applying insect repellent or wearing additional clothing during peak mosquito hours from dusk to dawn and ensuring that all windows and doors have tightly fitting screens.
“The Burlington Board of Health continues to work closely with the MDPH and the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project (EMMCP),” the release states. “If residents have any questions about mosquitoes or how to control them, contact the EMMCP at 781-899-5730 or the Burlington Board of Health at 781-270-1955.”