SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus have been detected in mosquito samples in eastern Massachusetts.
According to the CDC, a record 49 cases of West Nile virus infecting humans were reported last summer in Massachusetts, two of those cases were deadly. None have been reported this summer.
The last human case of EEE in Massachusetts was in 2013. A nurse practitioner at Holyoke Medical Center told 22News, if you are bitten by a mosquito carrying the West Nile virus, the effects can be serious, but rarely deadly.
“Some people have a fever, they may get some nausea or vomiting, just general body aches,” nurse Jessica Menard said. “Headaches if they get more serious symptoms. They can get high fevers, neck stiffness, seizures.”
EEE can potentially be deadly. Menard suggests using mosquito repellent to mitigate the danger.
Homeowners are advised to drain nearby standing water where mosquitoes are known to breed.