The Vermont Health Department: Mosquitos Test Positive for West Nile Virus

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The Vermont Health Department says mosquitos collected from Brattleboro, Weathersfield and Hardwick have tested positive for the West Nile virus. 

Health officials say the mosquitos were collected by Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets and were tested by the Department of Health. 

West Nile virus appears in mosquitoes in Vermont every year, so it is not a surprise to find it again,” said Bradley Tompkins, infectious disease epidemiologist with the Department of Health.

According to a media release, West Nile is spread by bites from infected mosquitos and the West Nile has been found in every Vermont county over the last few years.  Eight cases have been reported in the state since 2011. 

“All the rain we’ve had this year is good for mosquitoes, and that makes it especially important for everyone to do what they can to prevent getting bitten,” Tompkins added.

The health department offers the following tips on how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk.
  • Use insect repellent. Check EPA.gov for safe and effective repellents.
  • Cover baby carriages or outdoor playpens with mosquito netting.
  • Mosquito-proof your home. Fix holes in your screens and make sure they are tightly attached to doors and windows.
  • Get rid of standing water. Drain water from gutters, old tires, wading pools and other places where mosquitoes can breed.

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