The risk for the West Nile virus has been raised to "moderate" in every city and town in Massachusetts, state health officials announced today.
The DPH urges everyone to stay one step ahead of the virus:
- Use repellents, but not infants
- Dawn to dawn are "late-morning spikes"
- Discard all stagnant waters around your property
- Protect your pets
The warning comes when sticky weather prevails
"The hot, humid weather in Massachusetts, combined with frequent heavy rains, provided perfect conditions for mosquito species carrying the West Nile virus," said Public Health Commissioner. Monica Bharel.
"I urge everyone to continue to use insect repellent and to be particularly alert to mosquito activity at dusk, when the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes is greatest. Pull yourself in when bitten!" , added her.
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People over 50 are considered more at risk for serious illness. Symptoms include fever and flu-like illnesses. In rare cases, more serious illnesses can occur.
"August and September are the months when most human cases occur," said epidemiologist DPH. Catherine Brown. "That's why we are taking this step today so that together we can prevent people from getting sick."
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