Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Cambridge & Belmont
We have talked about the mild winter and the wet spring and how those factors are likely to bring mosquitoes in fast and heavy this summer. Are you seeing them? That’s a rhetorical question of course because we know that you are. Here is what you are not seeing: the disease each mosquito could carry. Luckily there are agencies that keep up with that for us. The Massachusetts Department of Health tests mosquitoes for disease and as of July 13th, they reported to the Belmontonian the presence of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes collected in Belmont and Cambridge. And as the summer continues, more mosquitoes will likely bring more opportunities for the virus to spread.
If the Mosquitoes Have West Nile, What Will Happen Next?
Mosquitoes contract West Nile Virus by biting infected birds. They can then transmit it back to other birds and to humans. So basically now that we know it is present in mosquitoes in Cambridge, we know it is likely to spread. However, there is no need to panic. Only 80% of those that contract West Nile will even know they have it. Often no symptoms ever become present, but of the 20% that do get sick, most will recover completely. Symptoms range from joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, body and head aches. Only 1% of those infected will become seriously ill with meningitis or encephalitis. If you are in a risk category we urge you to take extra precautions when it comes to avoiding mosquito bites this season.
Stay Informed and Avoid Mosquitoes
Again, no need to panic, but it’s alway important to stay informed and take preventative action. The Massachusetts Department of Health will continue to test for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis and you can track the results daily. They will continue to update risk levels and positive tests for the entire state. At home, we urge you to manage your own risk by following the 5Ts of mosquito control. Standing water and moist thick grassy areas are perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. We also recommend our season long services. Mosquito Squad of Central Massachusetts and Mosquito Squad of the North Shore can eliminate up to 90% of mosquitoes on your property with our barrier spray and it lasts up to three weeks. You can’t contract mosquito-borne illnesses from mosquitoes you don’t have. Call us today to set up a schedule for the entire season and let us do the worrying for you. 877-387-7823