The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has confirmed a case of West Nile Virus in a Shaker Heights resident.
The risk was raised in Saugus, Lynn, Revere, Malden, Melrose, and Winthrop. The reported case is in Attala County. "Dallas County Health and Human Services not only conducts active surveillance to detect WNV and monitor infection rates locally but also educates the community to take preventative action". He was hospitalized during his illness.
The state did not specify where in Bergen County the infections occurred.
Though the number is lower than in past years, people shouldn't let their guard down. Mosquitoes are around until the first hard frost of the year. There are about 3,000 different species of mosquitoes worldwide, according to Mass.gov, and about 51 in MA.
Officials say the virus is mainly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.
DEET - Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions.
Ensure door and window screens are in good condition so mosquitoes can not get inside.
Wearing protective, light-coloured clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks.
D- Drain - all standing water should be drained around the outside of a house. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets, and other containers.
Screens should be used to keep mosquitoes outside of homes. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitos. If you think you have West Nile virus infection, contact your health care provider.