West Nile Virus found in Cambridge and surrounding areas.

Sample testing for West Nile Virus was done and came back positive in Boston, Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, and Watertown.

Helpful information on Mosquito bites and Sunburns:

To take preventative measures be sure to use insect repellent when outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. (DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in absorptions of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.)

Be mindful of peak mosquito hours. The hours from sunset to sunrise are top biting times for mosquitoes. Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites and prevent sunburns. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants, socks and a hat when doing outdoor activities will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin and can also reduce the amount of sun hitting directly on your skin. Insect repellent and sunscreen are still highly recommended.

Avoid sunburns by ensuring that everyone is wearing sunscreen, and be sure to reapply as directed after being in the water. Waterproof sunscreen and wearing a hat when directly under the sun can also be useful measures taken to avoid sunburns.

Get rid of mosquito breeding spots in your yard. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in still water. Be sure to take precaution if your yard has still water from flower pots, buckets, barrels, and children’s pools. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. You could drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Be sure to make sure that window and door screens fit tightly and are in good condition.

 

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