West Nile in Massachusetts
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health there has been a confirmed case of West Nile virus on July 26th in Hanover.
The Department of Health and the Hanover Board of Health are looking in to the matter. Both organizations recommend cutting down on outdoor activities between dusk and dawn. When going outside wear long sleeve shirts and pants. Using products such as DEET and bug spray will help to inhibit the exposure to mosquitos that might be carrying the West Nile virus.
DEET products should not be administered to infants younger than 2 years of age.
West Nile Virus is a rare but serious illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. While it can infect people of all ages, people less than 15-years of age or over 50-years of age are at greatest risk for serious illness.
Information about West Nile Virus and reports of West Nile Virus and EEE activity in Massachusetts during 2011 can be found on the MDPH website at http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv. Recorded information about West Nile Virus is also available by calling the MDPH Public Health Information Line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7968).