Health experts: Oklahoma County resident tests positive for West Nile Virus

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Mosquitoes in Boston have tested positive for West Nile virus for the first time this season.

The city Public Health Commission said Friday a mosquito pool in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood tested positive for virus, which typically causes fever and flu-like symptoms.

During the summer months, the state Department of Public Health collects routine samples of mosquitoes to monitor for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Last year, Oklahoma County had seven confirmed cases of West Nile Virus, but no fatalities. "This does not mean the average person is at increased risk of getting [West Nile virus]".

The City of Boston is aiming to reduce the mosquito population through truck-mounted aerosol spraying, and by placing larvicide in basins and wetlands, the commission said. "However, people should still take simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites".

Residents are urged to use insect repellant when outdoors, especially dusk to dawn.

Make sure window screens are in good fix.

To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, BPHC officials advise residents to empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

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