Zika’s Older Brother, West Nile Virus, is Already Here in Massachusetts

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We know that Zika Virus has been captivating news watchers all spring and summer long, but it is time to focus on a current local threat. West Nile Virus has been found in mosquito populations in Massachusetts just in the last week or two. The threat is real and it is here. West Nile Virus is transmitted by a larger variety of local mosquitoes and it can be deadly for some.

The first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile Virus this year were collected in Worcester, Mass. Not super close to us, but, if you watch the Massachusetts Department of Health’s Arbovirus daily update, you will see that it will likely be found in surrounding areas soon enough.

Now is the Time for Mosquito Protection

Mid to late summer is mosquito-borne disease season. Now that we know West Nile Virus is in the state, it is important to take extra steps to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. While most people won’t have any symptoms of illness, there is a group of individuals who are at high risk for neuroinvasive West Nile Virus, which can be deadly. Check our website to familiarize yourself with West Nile Virus symptoms and high-risk categories.

If most people don’t get sick from West Nile Virus, what is the big deal?

Mosquitoes cause more human deaths than any other animal in the world. They are more deadly than sharks, bears, snakes and all the other scary predators. While you may not be in a high-risk category for the serious form of West Nile Illness there is no way to know how your body will react to the virus until you have it. You also don’t know everything about guests you have at your home. It is important to protect those who are most susceptible to neuroinvasive West Nile Virus, as 10% of those cases result in death and many survivors experience permanent neurological consequences.

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Anthony Pascetta, owner – Mosquito Squad North Shore

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