From Wednesday, August 8, West Nile Virus had been detected in Berlin, Boylston, Clinton, Lancaster and West Boylston, according to Mass. Department of Public Health. There have been 104 mosquitoes in the state that have tested positive for the virus, but no animals or humans have tested positive.
A mosquito gathered from the Ridgefield Circle area in Clinton was tested positively. This collection was made July 19th. Splash was made shortly thereafter. The state website said another positive gathering was made in Clinton on July 26th, then again on August 2nd. According to the Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project, was spraying scheduled for mondays in August in Clinton and Berlin.
Lancaster was sprayed on August 2 in the southern part of the city, adjacent to Clinton. According to the Central Mass. The mosquito control project was also scheduled for spraying on Thursday in August.
In Berlin, spraying in the western part of the city, where a contagious mosquito was found, was found on August 6th.
In West Boylston, mosquito samples were taken in the central quadrant of the city on July 20, according to the state website.
In Boylston a sample was shown to be positive on August 2nd.
For information about spraying in cities covered by the central mass. Mosquito Control Project, visit https://www.cmmcp.org.
West Nile Virus is usually transmitted to humans through an infected mosquito. The people most vulnerable to serious infection are over 50 years old.
The State Ministry of Health shared a section of the Public Health Department's Tips to Avoid Mosquito Bites:
• Pay attention to peak mosquito hours, which are dusk to dawn. If you are watching mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid getting bitten by moving indoors, covering up and / or wearing a repellent.
• Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites, including long sleeves, long pants and socks. [1
DPH advises residents for mosquito-proof homes:
• Empty standing water. Many mosquitoes put their eggs in standing water. Check regenerator and drain. Empty all unused flower pots and water strokes, and often change water in a bird's pool.
• Install or repair screens to keep mosquitoes out.
For information about West Nile and reports of current and historical activity, go to the PDH website, http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv. For more information, call the Clinton Health Board at (978) 365-4116, or Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project at (508) 393-3055.