State health officials announced 10 new cases of the West Nile virus on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in MA this year to 24.
Additionally, DCHHS announced the confirmation of the 1st West Nile related death of 2018.
A CodeRed message will be sent out to residents within a one-mile radius of where the infected birds were located alerting them to plans for spraying and directing them to the Emergency Management Division website for more information.
In 2017, there were six human cases of West Nile virus infection identified in MA. Four mosquitoes in the parish have tested positive for the virus, two others with St. Louis encephalitis.
There have been 25 confirmed human cases of West Nile in New Jersey this year.
New Jersey confirms first death from West Nile this year
There is no vaccine or specific treatment for WNV.
West Nile is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.
DHS will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.
West Nile is a mosquito-borne illness which typically causes headaches, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash, among other side effects, though most people don't experience any symptoms of the virus. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
However, the CDC cautions parents not to use insect repellents on babies younger than 2 months old.
The larvicide briquettes placed in areas of standing water to reduce the mosquito threat should not be handled or disturbed by the public and will remain effective up to 45 days after placement.