For Immediate Release: 08/01/19
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Kelly McFalls, Public Information Officer & Webmaster
150 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Tel: (508) 532-5437
FRAMINGHAM: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Framingham, Massachusetts. This is the first time that WNV has been detected in a mosquito sample collected from Framingham this year. In 2018, almost six thousand mosquito samples (5,922) were tested for WNV, and 579 samples were positive. The City of Framingham had seven WNV positive mosquito samples identified in 2018.
WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.
By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:
Framingham belongs to the Eastern Middlesex Mosquito Control Project (EMMCP). EMMCP has completed applying larvicide to all catch basins in Framingham, and continues to do the same in wetlands. For more information on mosquito controls by EMMCP, please contact them at www.sudbury.ma.us/emmcp. Framingham Department of Public Health continues to work closely with the MDPH and EMMCP to monitor and respond to WNV and other mosquito-related issues.
Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at: www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.