West Nile sample detected in Lynnfield

Message from the Board of Health

West Nile Virus was detected in a mosquito sample again in Lynnfield as reported on October 11, 2013.

As we move into the later part of mosquito season, mosquito populations are decreasing but older mosquitoes are also more likely to carry virus. The risk for mosquito borne illness will continue until there is a hard frost.

There is no spraying planned at this time.

People, especially those over 50 and/or immunocompromised, should be strongly encouraged to use repellent and cover up to reduce mosquito bites. WNV infected mosquitoes are present throughout the Commonwealth and are not confined to municipalities where infected mosquitoes have specifically been found.

For more information visit www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito and http://westnile.ashtonweb.com or call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800.

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