|The Board of Health has identified 3 samples of West Nile Virus from different areas of Pittsfield.|
PITTSFIELD - The City of Pittsfield Board of Health said that three positive West Nile Virus Mosquito samples were reported this week from three separate neighborhoods. The positive samples were found on Meleca Ave., Garland Ave., and near Interprint on Route 41.
The board once again reminds city residents that although cooler temperatures reduce mosquito activity, there remains a potential risk of contracting a mosquito borne virus from mosquito bites. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito borne viruses is to take the following precautions.
Avoid Mosquito Bites
· Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. The Department of Public Health strongly recommends limiting outdoor activities during the hours surrounding dawn and dusk for all. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.
· Clothing Can Help- reduce mosquito bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
· Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. 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. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
· Drain Standing Water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
· Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
For more information about mosquitoes and mosquito borne viruses, visit The City of Pittsfield website at http://www.cityofpittsfield.org or call the Pittsfield Health Department at 499-9411.
Call the Berkshire County Mosquito Control (BCMCP) at (413) 447-9808 Visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv.