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Important Info About West Nile Virus

Posted Aug 14 2017

Due to new awareness from new mosquito testing in Deerfield (MAPHCO project), risk level for West Nile Virus has been raised to moderate in Deerfield, Conway, and Shelburne.   Moderate risk level does not indicate a need to restrict activities beyond normal recommendation.

Avoid mosquitoes where possible and practice good mosquito avoidance habits:

  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the instructions on the product label.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home.  Mosquitoes can begin to multiply in any puddle or standing water that lasts for more than four days!

Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito. Thirty-second instructional videos are available at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks. Please don’t hesitate to contact town nurse Lisa White BS, RN. Tel: 413.665.1400 extension 114.