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West Nile Virus threat still present in Cambridge

Posted by Brock Parker  September 23, 2013 10:41 AM

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Summer is over, but the threat of West Nile Virus remains in Cambridge, where health officials said more mosquitoes tested positive for the virus last week.

The sample of mosquitoes that tested positive was found in Cambridgeport and was announced by the state Department of Public Health Thursday.

Cambridge’s Public Health Department said in a press release that it is the second sample of mosquitoes that has tested positive in the city since the beginning of August.

“While mosquitoes are dying off in September, those remaining are more likely to carry West Nile Virus,” said Sam Lipson, the director of environmental health for the city.

The risk of West Nile Virus infection will continue until the first hard frost, which typically occurs in late October or early November, according to the city’s health department.

More information about how to protect against mosquito bites can be found on the city’s website here.

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