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"You're still going to get bit, but you just hope for the best, you know I spray mosquito spray, but I still get bit", said Galloway.

West Nile Virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, though less than 1 percent of people who become infected with the virus will develop severe illness.

West Nile Virus can infect people of all ages, but people over 50 are at a higher risk for severe disease, experts say. Though most people - 8 out of 10, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - infected do not have any symptoms, the virus can cause high fever and flu-like illness.

The majority of WNV human cases in the state occur during the months of August and September. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.

Interior Health said this is the first evidence of West Nile virus activity in the province this year.

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Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Consult a physician before applying insect repellents on children. DEET-free products (such as those containing icardin, p-menthane-3, 8-diol /lemon-eucalyptus oil, or soybean oil) are also available, but may not provide as long-lasting protection. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths frequently. Residents should also ensure home door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.

Reduce the chance of a bite and the number of places for mosquitoes to breed by eliminating shallow containers of standing water and refreshing bird baths daily.

Dr. Monica Bharel, the state public health commissioner, says conditions are flawless for mosquito species carrying the virus to breed because of the hot and humid weather and frequent heavy rainfall.

Avoiding contact with mosquitoes in the thick of the summer can be hard, which is why the McDonough County Health Department reminds the public to practice the three "R's": reduce, repel and report. The standard response to prevent mosquito breeding in an area with a positive sample of mosquitoes consists of increased spraying and larviciding in the area until trapped mosquitoes test negative for the virus.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.


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