West Nile Virus Confirmed in Malden
The Malden Board of Health has received a report that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from a mosquito pool in the area of Lynn Street and U.S. Route One, Malden. This result was gathered from a test sample of 121 mosquitoes collected on August 8, 2013.
West Nile virus is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While West Nile Virus can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection. It is strongly suggested that the following common sense precautions be taken by all residents and their families until a hard freeze hits the Malden area:
Avoid Mosquito Bites
- Peak Mosquito biting hours are from dusk to dawn. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.
- Protective Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
- Apply Insect Repellent containing the ingredient DEET when you go outdoors.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
- Drain Standing Water – Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools.
- Install or Repair Screens – Keep mosquitos outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
For more information on West Nile Virus and personal pesticide application, please visitwww.cityofmalden.org and click on Departments and then Board of Health to read a Fact Sheet on West Nile Virus or call the Board of Health Office at 781-397-7049.