Although all cities and towns in MA are still considered at a low risk level for WNV, the Agawam Health Dept always recommends taking precautions during mosquito season.
-Wear long pants and long sleeves from dusk until dawn
-Use EPA-registered mosquito repellants
-DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children.
-Drain standing water around the home and repair window screens.
Symptoms of WNV include:
The majority of people who are infected with WNV (approximately 80%) will have no symptoms.
A smaller number of people who become infected (~ 20%) will have symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands. They may also develop a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.
More information can be found at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/west-nile-virus-wnv