The Wellesley Health Department is encouraging residents to take precautions after a mosquito sample was collected in town that tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Wellesley Health Director Lenny Izzo warned during a Board of Health meeting a few weeks back that the area could be in for a nasty mosquito season.
“I’ve said repeatedly in past meetings that when we have these hot, dry summers it sets it up for a bad West Nile Virus year,” he said.
As a result of the positive test, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has raised the West Nile Virus risk level to moderate, up from low-risk.
The Health Department suggests avoiding outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using insect repellent, etc.
Meanwhile, Wellesley is still at a low risk level for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, so there’s some cheery news.
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