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Franklin County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

Franklin County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus”

The county Health Department says it found no signs of mosquito breeding activity around the resident's home but treated surrounding catch basins with larvicide.

A woman in her 70s from Worcester County, a woman in her 60s from Middlesex County, and a woman in her 50s from Suffolk County all were infected, according to a press release issued Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The City of Hamilton continually assesses the risk for human illness as part of a comprehensive West Nile Virus surveillance and prevention program.

The State of MI has gone from having no human cases of the West Nile Virus to eight cases and one death. It was only the second time since WNV was first detected in the commonwealth in 2000 that public health officials have raised the risk level statewide.

DOH-Nassau continues to urge residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to taking precautions to help limit exposure. Last year, the virus infected 48 people, of which six died. Symptoms usually begin three to 14 days after infection.

The disease is typically transmitted to humans through mosquitoes and is most common in August and September.

In 2017, there were 6 human cases of WNV infection identified in MA.

The best way to protect yourself is with an insect repellent with DEET.

Dress - Wear long sleeves and trousers to keep mosquitoes from biting.

-Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.

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