BOSTON (WWLP) - State health officials confirmed another human case of West Nile Virus.
Earlier this week 22News told you about an elderly man in Plymouth County who was hospitalized after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Health officials found Wednesday another man was sent to a hospital in Norfolk County because of the virus.
Many people told 22News even though there hasn't been any human case here in western Massachusetts; they are still taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
“All the viruses these mosquitoes carry It can be deadly. It can be hazardous, so I try to get in early, wear long sleeves whenever I can and just try to stay away from them whenever I can,” Noah Borders of Springfield said.
Last year there were 33 human cases of West Nile Virus.
The Department of Public Health has the following tips below to avoid mosquito bites:
Avoid Mosquito Bites
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 skin.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
- 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.
- 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.
The Northampton Health Department and the Southampton Health Department will continue to monitor the situation, work closely with MDPH and other agencies and continue to update and educate the public.
Information about Arbovirus disease, surveillance, and reports of current and historical WNV and EEE virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv or by calling (617) 983-6800.