Thursday, August 1, 2019

West Nile virus found in mosquito's from the Ham.

FRAMINGHAM: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Framingham, Massachusetts. This is the first time that WNV has been detected in a mosquito sample collected from Framingham this year. In 2018, almost six thousand mosquito samples (5,922) were tested for WNV, and 579 samples were positive. The City of Framingham had seven WNV positive mosquito samples identified in 2018.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.

By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:


o Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time, and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.

o Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

o Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to the skin.


o Drain Standing Water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

o Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Framingham belongs to the Eastern Middlesex Mosquito Control Project (EMMCP). EMMCP has completed applying larvicide to all catch basins in Framingham, and continues to do the same in wetlands. For more information on mosquito controls by EMMCP, please contact them at Framingham Department


At August 2, 2019 at 9:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

no more hanging out in the back yard at night with the kids. don't want to chance catching that nasty disease

At August 2, 2019 at 11:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we spreay for misquitos in Frmaingham?

At August 2, 2019 at 12:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Framingham the only place in MW they found this issue? Is this in any way related to the closing of a Framingham beach? If anyone knows the answer to these questions, please share

At August 2, 2019 at 12:24 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

The State regularly does do some spraying around many Cities and Towns and in catch basins. The only place so far has been Framingham, but traditionally other parts of the State have this issue with infected mosquitoes. It may be that the labs haven't tested all the other areas yet.

At August 2, 2019 at 2:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this info Jim. Somehow I missed it in the news. So what should we do to prevent our kids from getting infected, anyone know?

At August 2, 2019 at 2:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

even the bad bugs like to hang out here in framingham just like bad people

At August 2, 2019 at 3:20 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

you could keep them in the house for the rest of the summer OR... spray them down with bug spray that twenty years from now, may tun out to be cancer causing. I'm not the person who should give advice in this matter. I ask every year the State Bug guys not spray my yards. When I was a young teen, we'd follow the bug spray truck (as it flooded the neighborhoods with clouds of toxins I'm sure)on our bicycles and no one stopped us or even said it was bad for us.
Have a look at PEET Free bug repellent. There's plenty of non toxic stuff one can make or buy.


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