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Posted on: July 19, 2023

[ARCHIVED] West Nile Virus Positive Sample

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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

 

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