Mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus in East Longmeadow

Mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus in East Longmeadow

The virus was found in mosquito samples collected in Tiverton, Pawtucket and Westerly June 26.

The patient was a resident of the 75248 zip code in Far North Dallas and was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease Friday, July 14.

Individuals, especially those age 50 or older or those with compromised immune systems, are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, county health officials said.

Additional details about the death are not being released because of privacy laws.

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"Additional preventative mosquito spraying will not be done at this time", the statement read. Severe West Nile Virus infections can cause neurologic complications such as encephalitis. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile Virus.

Dress in long sleeves, trousers when outside: For extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent.

The best time of the day to avoid contact with mosquitoes is during dusk and dawn and if you're outside you should wear long sleeve shirts and long trousers.

While this is true for mosquitoes that commonly carry the West Nile virus, other types of mosquitoes that are more likely to carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya are active during the day.

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