West Nile virus threat level in West Springfield low, Health Dept. says

Hampden County

West Nile virus has been found in several places in Massachusetts.

West Springfield had two mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus so far. But the city’s Health Department said the threat level is still quite low.

“We’re not at that level of risk yet,” said Jeanne Galloway, director of West Springfield’s Public Health. “It’s not widespread. It’s not any of that concern level.”

Two mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile in West Springfield but the city says residents shouldn’t panic. Galloway said West Springfield is part of the Pioneer Valley Mosquito Control District created in October of last year. She said spraying this soon would be difficult.

“We don’t have the staffing and supplies yet, so we don’t currently have that ability, nor right now do we need to,” Galloway told 22News.

But Galloway said you should still be taking precautions to keep your family safe.  

“Be aware of your surroundings,” Galloway said. “Where you’re going, what you’re doing. Wear personal protection, take care of your properties.”

Galloway suggested removing any standing water like this because it’s where mosquitoes lay their eggs.

“Gutters, toys, planters,” said Galloway. “Things that you want to have out there if you have a decorative garden or a fish pond or something like that.”

Galloway also said that the mosquitoes that carry West Nile are ones that bite in the dark, so make sure you cover up your skin if you are doing any activities outside after dusk.

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