West Nile Virus found in North Attleborough mosquito sample

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On Aug. 25, the Health Department received notification from the Bristol County Mosquito Control District of a West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito. The town’s Mosquito Control district conducts routine surveillance for viruses, as well as preventative and mitigating services.

WNV has been endemic to Massachusetts for almost 20 years, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has advised that areas of Massachusetts are at increased risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) as well.

The Health Department wishes to remind all residents to follow these rules to protect from illness:

● Remain inside from dusk until dawn, as mosquitoes are most active at these times.
● Dress in long sleeves and pants when able, to reduce the chances of mosquito bites.
● Use mosquito repellent which contains DEET, as this is most effective.
● Examine the yard for standing water. Check flower pots, and clogged rain gutters, as these are mosquito breeding sites.

For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/mosquito-borne-diseases or contact Health Agent Erin Egan at 508-699-0104.