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West Nile Virus found in Lexington mosquitoes

Posted by Brock Parker  August 19, 2013 05:21 PM

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Health officials have discovered West Nile Virus in mosquitoes found in Lexington this month.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Aug. 15 that the virus was discovered in a test of mosquitoes taken from Lexington on Aug. 7.

The mosquito-borne virus can cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, but no human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Lexington this year, according to the town. According to the Town of Lexington’s website, the West Nile Virus risk level remains at a low level.

The town’s Board of Health will host a presentation Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. about disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks. The presentation will be held at the Katahdin Woods Apartments Community Room at 1 Katahdin Drive.

The town has provided tips for avoiding mosquito bites here.

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