The city’s Public Health Commission confirmed on Tuesday that mosquito-borne West Nile virus has been detected in Boston this week.
The Executive Executive of the Commission, Executive Director said, “At this moment our focus is on the COVID-19 epidemic and slowing down the spread of this virus, we do not recognize the importance of protection against mosquito bites and serious diseases.” might lose.” Rita Knits said in a statement. “I encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions as they spend more time.”
According to health officials, many cases of West Nile virus are asymptomatic, although some include fever and flu-like symptoms and, in rare cases, more serious illness. The virus can infect people of all ages, people over 50 years of age. There is no vaccine or special antiviral treatment for West Nile virus.
The commission said there are no human cases of the virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus or EEE, which has been found in samples taken from Franklin County this season – recorded in Boston this year.
The West Nile virus is commonly found in mosquitoes in the city around this time of year. Authorities have detected it in Boston mosquitoes every year between June and November for the past two decades, but the commission noted that it is rare to detect viruses in humans.
Last year, no human cases were reported in Boston. In 2018, seven residents were detected with the virus.
The Medical Director of the Health Commission, Dr. “The detection of West Nile virus in mosquitoes in Boston at this time of year is typical,” Jennifer Low said in a statement. “There is no elevated risk level in Boston right now. However, if you are going to spend time outside, then you need to think about protection and protection from mosquito bites. This includes using an approved mosquito repellent, removing standing water from your yard and repairing window curtains to keep mosquitoes outside your home. “
Authorities are also advising pet owners to talk to their veterinarians about approved mosquito repellents and vaccinations to prevent mosquito-borne diseases.
According to the state Department of Public Health, West Nile virus was detected in Massachusetts for the first time this year in two samples collected on July 7 in Belmont.
In 2019, the state saw five human cases of West Nile virus, a significant decrease from the previous year when 49 cases recorded a record high.
Last week, state officials said EEE was detected in mosquitoes in Orange and Wendell earlier this month, with another rare season likely to occur for this rare disease, after which 12 human cases were reported And six people died last year. Outbreak over several years. Officials say EEE outbreaks usually last two to three years.
As of Wednesday, no human cases of West Nile Virus or EEE were reported in Massachusetts.