The Hamilton Board of Health decided last week not to spray for mosquitoes because no mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Ensephalitis, according to Nancy Stevens, administrative assistant to Health Agent Leslie Whelan
Earlier this month, near . Four days after the positive test, the Northeast Mosquito Control District in the area of Iron Rail.
And earlier this month a mosquito also tested positive for West Nile Virus in Ipswich.
Symptons of West Nile Virus include a fever, headache, body aches and possibly a rash. It can last from a few days to as long as a few weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here’s basic things to know about mosquito control:
- From May until the first hard frost, avoiding contact with mosquitoes is highly advised — particularly during high risk periods for positive testing of West Nile Virus. Samples are regularly taken in various locations across the state.
- Helpful information on how to administer mosquito repellent and more information on where to find the recent reported findings of EEE or West Nile Virus can be found on the town of Hamilton website.
- To see where positive testing has occurred across the state, check out the Massachusetts Department of Health’s West Nile Virus website.
It is recommended to cover up by wearing long sleeved shirts and pants as well as hats in order to avoid contact with mosquitos as best as possible.