Mosquitoes in Boston and New Orleans have tested positive for West Nile Virus, but no human cases have been reported in either location so far.
In New Orleans, spraying from trucks and air has been increased, according to the city's Mosquito and Termite Control Board.
"The recent combination of hot weather and rain may have contributed to West Nile appearing slightly earlier this year than in some previous years, and people should take some simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites," Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Boston Public Health Commission, said in a statement.
The virus does not spread from person to person. Mosquitoes pick it up when they bite infected birds. West Nile causes, in severe cases, inflammation of the brain. A mild case can manifest itself with flu-like symptoms with a fever lasting a few days.
by RTT Staff Writer
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