Test finds West Nile virus in mosquitoes
The state Department of Public Health has advised the local Board of Health that a mosquito pool in town tested positive for the West Nile virus on Aug. 1. The mosquitoes are of the Culex species that can spread the disease from birds to people. The Board of Health recommends residents take precautions to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, including by repairing screens, wearing long sleeves and pants, and socks while outside, and avoiding being outdoors during peak mosquito feeding times. Mosquitoes are more active in damp, shady areas, during cloudy, humid days, and at night.