The city’s Board of Health recently announced that Medford’s mosquitos have tested positive for West Nile virus. This isn’t the first time local mosquitos have been found with the virus. Mosquitos in other parts of the state also regularly test positive for West Nile virus and “Triple E”, another virus.
According to the Board of Health, the risk of getting the virus is low but residents should still take basic preventative steps to avoid mosquito bites:
– Remove standing water from your property (kiddie pools, containers, trash can lids, unused flower pots, etc. should be regularly emptied or thrown away)
– Keep outdoor activities to the hours between dawn and dusk
– Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and socks during active mosquito times
– Use a spray that contains DEET or Picaridin. Products with permethrin should only be used on clothing. Always follow the directions on the label. Repellents should not be used on children younger than two months of age.
– Patch any holes in windows and door screens