First mosquitoes carrying West Nile arrive in Winnipeg

First mosquitoes carrying West Nile arrive in Winnipeg

"This is roughly 10% higher than what we have typically seen over the last five years".

"We are in the midst of a peak activity for nymphal stages of blacklegged deer ticks, Ixodes scapularis, that are often hard to detect due to their small size and propensity to quickly attach and feed", said Dr. Theodore Andreadis, director of the experiment station.

Most people infected show no symptoms.

No human cases of EEE have ever been reported in the City of Suffolk. Several hundred cases of babesiosis and human granulocytic anaplasmosis have also been diagnosed.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said in an announcement Tuesday the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the virus in a mosquito sample that was taken from Weymouth on June 20.

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The potential for human exposure to infected bugs is present throughout the southern part of the province and expected to continue in the coming weeks, especially if conditions are warm and dry - ideal for this type of mosquito's development and activity.

Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

Drain sources of standing water around your home each week so mosquitoes don't grow. Serious illness can occur in people of any age; however, people over age 50 or people with weakened immune systems (for example, transplant patients) are at the highest risk for getting severely ill when infected with West Nile virus.

Frankovich said every year surveillance testing is done on birds to identify when the virus arrives to the region.

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