Health officials in Brookline said Monday that mosquitoes in the town have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
The virus was found in mosquitoes tested by the state Department of Public Health on September 5 and comes a month after the risk level for the virus was raised to moderate in Brookline because of positive tests in neighboring communities.
An alert issued by Brookline’s Department of Public Health Monday said the risk level for the virus in the town remains at moderate.
The mosquito-borne virus can cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, and residents are at the highest risk of getting the disease in late July through the fall. Brookline has applied larvicide to catch basins in an effort to address the mosquito-borne virus and an information line has been set up at 617-730-2295 and information can also be found at www.brooklinema.gov/health.
Last year, a Brookline woman in her 20s was infected with the virus, but recovered.