Sep 16, 2015 4:38 PM

Parents, coaches taking steps to protect Manchester kids against West Nile Virus

MANCHESTER - The first batch of mosquitoes in New Hampshire to test positive for West Nile Virus this year has been found in Manchester.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, they are working with the City Health Department in Manchester to notify residents.

Brenna Matarazzo, coach of the South Side Middle School boys soccer team hadn’t heard the news, but says she’ll remind her team to protect themselves.

“We rely on the parents to supply the bug spray and be aware of what's going on,” Matarazzo said.

Last year, only one batch of mosquitoes in the Granite State tested positive for WNV.

Health officials suggest wearing long sleeves and pants at night, remove any standing water, and use bug spray with 30 percent deet.

Manchester mother Renea Rodriguez has children who are on the soccer and cheerleading teams and always makes sure they have bug spray.

“I use bug spray on them anyways so I'm going to buy a better bug spray though not a family one, one with more deet in it,” Rodriguez said.

Children and the elderly are most likely to get sick if infected.

Symptoms usually show up a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

They could appear flu-like including fever, muscle aches and fatigue.


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