Mosquitoes in Greenfield test positive for West Nile virus

Franklin County

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.   

Wet weather conditions ideal for mosquitoes 

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

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Local Weather Maps

7 Day Forecast

7 Day Forecast

7 Day Forecast

Daycast

Daycast

Northeast Temperatures

Northeast Temperatures

Temperatures

Temperatures

Dew Points

Dew Points

Wind Speeds

Wind Speeds

Wind Gusts

Wind Gusts

Heat Index

Heat Index

Trending Stories

22News Storm Team

Weather Tweets