|Updated WNV Press Release 8-30-12|
BILLERICA BOARD OF HEALTH
West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Billerica
DATE: August 30, 2012 CONTACT: Richard Berube, Health Director
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) confirmed that a collection of mosquitoes from a surveillance site in North Billerica has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the 2nd WNV positive mosquito sample this year in Billerica. Spraying in the area is planned after 8:00 p.m. for Thursday evening, August 30th to reduce populations of mosquitoes. A map and street listing is available on the CMMCP website at www.cmmcp.org/BILLERICA2012.htm. This is the same type of truck mounted spraying in targeted areas that has been done at resident’s requests. Residents can call CMMCP at 508-393-3055 with any questions or concerns or the Billerica Board of Health at 978-671-0931. Follow-up spraying may occur if conditions warrant it. The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project will continue to test surveillance traps in the area the virus was found.
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:
Avoid Mosquito Bites
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
While Billerica Board of Health continues to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies, locally we are working with Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project to spray for adult mosquitoes in the affected area. Residents in the area to be sprayed will be notified by the Town.
Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv.