Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Much in the News

West Nile Virus

Pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for WNV in Newton as we publicized earlier in the summer. EEE has not been found this year or in past years. While reports from around the country and state are important, the best thing Newton residents can do is to follow some simple precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

• Do not leave standing water outside (pet bowls, bird feeders, rain barrels, old tires, wheelbarrows, unused swimming pools) as this attracts mosquitoes.
• Fix screens that have holes or install door and window screens.
• Avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are more active.
• Wear long sleeves and long pants, if possible.
• Use mosquito netting on baby carriages or playpens.
• Use mosquito repellants, especially those containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, following label instructions particularly on use or not for small children.

For more information, link to the Newton Health Department website http://newtonma.gov/gov/health/public/disease/default.asp or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website http://www.cdc.gov/westnile .

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