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West Nile virus found in Needham mosquito

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  August 6, 2013 02:22 PM

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State health officials announced today that they have found a mosquito infected with West Nile Virus in Needham.

Anne Roach, spokeswoman for the department, said the department discovered the positive results today.

Needham is one of many communities in Middlesex County to see West Nile: Belmont, Burlington, Waltham, Watertown, Reading, Wakefield and Melrose have all seen cases in mosquitoes this summer, according to the state.

Residents can avoid mosquito bites while outdoors by wearing insect repellant and sporting long sleeves from dusk to dawn. Since mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, officials also advise residents to drain any outside their home, including in gutters, drains, or unused flowerpots and wading pools. Residents can also keep mosquitoes out of their home by making sure all screens in their doors and window are tight-fitting.

For more information, visit the state's health department website.

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