The Massachusetts Department of Public Health found mosquitoes in Walpole carrying the West Nile virus. This came after mosquitoes in Freetown tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health found mosquitoes in Walpole carrying the West Nile virus.


This came after mosquitoes in Freetown tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE.


No humans have tested positive for West Nile or EEE this year.


Over the past five years, 16 people in Massachusetts contracted the West Nile virus. The only 2008 case was in Middlesex County.


While West Nile can infect people of all ages, those older than 50 are at high risk for severe cases.


As West Nile is typically transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, the best way to avoid infection is to avoid being bitten. Avoid the outdoors during the mosquito-heavy times of dusk and dawn; wear long sleeves, long pants and socks; and apply insect repellent.


Mosquito-proof your home by removing standing water – a potential breeding place for mosquitoes – and install or repair screens to keep the insects out.


For more information, visit the state Department of Public Health Web site at www.mass.gov/dph/wnv.


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