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Mosquito with West Nile Virus found in Belmont

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  July 22, 2013 05:15 PM

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A mosquito that tested positive for West Nile Virus has been found in a Belmont sample catch basin pool, according to health officials.

Belmont health director Stefan A. Russakow said residents should make sure to wear bug repellant and long sleeves, mosquito-proof their homes with tight-fitting screens for doors and windows, and avoid being outdoors during prime biting hours between dusk and dawn.

"West Nile is in Massachusetts, and we’re maintaining our standard prevention awareness activities," Russakow said.

More information on West Nile prevention is available on Belmont's official town website, Russakow said.

Officials have also found West Nile mosquitoes in Waltham.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, one in five people who have contracted West Nile Virus develop a fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, but can usually be cured. Less than 1 percent of those with the disease will develop a neurological illness; about 10 percent of those cases can be fatal.

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