The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Friday that mosquitoes collected in Greenfield on Wednesday have tested positive for West Nile virus.
In a news release sent to 22News from Greenfield Health Department, seven samples of mosquitoes were tested in Greenfield for the virus and the risk category is now moderate.
According to Greenfield Board of Health, Cheryl Volpe, “August and early September are the time most people are exposed to infected mosquitoes; personal protection and source reduction prevention are important steps to reducing the risk of being bitten and increasing the mosquito population.”
To-date no humans or animals have tested positive for WNV in the state of Massachusetts.
Ways to protect yourself from West Nile virus
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
Clothing Can Help: reduce mosquito bites. By wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin
Apply Insect Repellent: when you go outdoors
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 be either by 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 and
Install or Repair Screens: Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all your windows and doors