Fall River Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus
FALL RIVER (WBSM) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced today that West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in Fall River.
According to a release, there have been 118 positive mosquito samples across the Commonwealth since the beginning of July, and parts of Bristol County have been considered at moderate risk ever since.
On September 8, MassDPH officials announced the third human case of West Nile virus so far this season, in a man in his 50s who was exposed in Hampden County.
On August 28, officials announced the first two human cases of West Nile in the Commonwealth this season: a woman in her 70s who was exposed elsewhere in the country, and a man in his 40s who was exposed in Middlesex County.
Fall River officials have urged the public to take precautions against mosquito bites such as using a mosquito repellent containing DEET when going outdoors; wearing long sleeves, pants and socks; and removing standing water from your property and fixing ripped screens on your doors and windows.