Mosquitoes found in Boston have tested positive for West Nile virus for the first time this summer, the Public Health Commission said Tuesday.
“This is the time of year when we often begin to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in Boston,” Anita Barry, director of the commission’s Infectious Disease Bureau, said in a statement.
Tests performed this week found the virus in a mosquito pool in Jamaica Plain. No human cases of the virus, which “poses very low risk to most people,” have been recorded in Boston this year, Barry said.
Hot weather and heavy rains contribute to the appearance of the virus, she said. The commission listed several precautions to take to avoid bites from infected insects, including using insect repellent, especially from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are more likely to be biting.
The commission also recommended wearing long sleeves and pants when possible.
In addition, it listed several ways to mosquito-proof homes, including ensuring window and door screens are in good shape and preventing the pests from breeding by eliminating puddles from flower pots, gutters, and unused pools.
The city and the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project have put larvicide in mosquito-prone areas, and truck-mounted spraying is being done in certain areas to control the mosquito population, the commission’s statement said.Kiera Blessing can be reached at email@example.com.