A Salt Lake County resident died from West Nile virus last week, health officials reported Wednesday.
Officials say the 72-year-old man was hospitalized, but is now recovering at home. The chickens are used to detect some mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile.
The state raised the risk level for West Nile on Tuesday from low to moderate across the state, only the second time the level has been raised statewide. The county's pest control contractor will place larvicide briquettes in areas of standing water, to reduce the mosquito threat.
In 2017, there were 6 human cases of WNV infection identified in MA.
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WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most human cases typically occur between late July and October.
Residents can stay healthy by using simple, effective strategies like wearing insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, to protect themselves and their families. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
Dress - Wear long sleeves and trousers to keep mosquitoes from biting. Mosquitoes are grouped (pooled) for testing according to species, collection site, and date.