CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The West Nile Virus risk level is low right now in Massachusetts, but the State Department of Public Health officials are urging everyone to take precautionary measures before the risk level goes up.
Experts found this year's first infection of West Nile Virus in a mosquito in the eastern Massachusetts town of Whitman.
In western Massachusetts, residents are already noticing an increased number of mosquitoes.
John Toutant of Palmer told 22News, "You grill up your burgers, and you can't sit down and eat because you got mosquitoes coming. You end up in the house. You gotta be careful out there. Put the bug stuff on, whether you like it or not. I try to put it on my clothes, not on me."
Last year there were 33 West Nile Virus cases in Massachusetts.
A few tips to avoid mosquito bites:
- Apply insect repellent with DEET when you're outdoors
- Drain standing water
- Install and repair window and door screens
For more tips and information on how to avoid mosquito bites, log onto www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito .