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Mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus in Quincy

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  August 15, 2012 11:50 AM

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The Norfolk County Mosquito Control will increase mosquito spraying in parts of Quincy after a mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus on Tuesday.

The mosquito is the first of the season to test positive for the virus in Quincy. Although the mosquito is more likely to bite birds than humans, the city is taking precautions to be more aggressive with their early morning fogging.

“They do the early morning fogging from the trucks on Thursday mornings, [and] that has been going on all summer long, based on resident complaints or their own surveillance of areas they feel have higher than usual populations of mosquitoes,” said Cindy DeCristofaro, chief sanitarian for the Quincy Health Department. “Now, they will be doing a more aggressive spraying in and around the area that the positive mosquito was found in the northeast beach area.”

Last year, 12 mosquitoes in Quincy were found to have West Nile virus during testing, which occurs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This year, the state has reported 109 West Nile virus-positive mosquito pools from nine counties, including six from Norfolk County

Although fewer mosquitoes have tested positive this year, the sign of the disease means that residents should practice increased precaution when outdoors, health officials said.

“It is definitely sends [a warning] flag and it just reminds everybody that they should just be aware and take the normal precautions,” DeCristofaro said.

Precautions including avoiding outdoor activity from dawn to dusk, using a mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, fixing any screens in your home, and making sure there is no standing water where mosquitoes can hatch eggs.

DeCristofaro said residents can check for updates through public service announcements on public access television, and can find translated information at the Health Department.

For more information on spraying or precautions, check the town’s website.

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