Risk of West Nile virus on the rise


Local health officials have concluded that the West Nile virus is present in mosquitoes in town after insects trapped in neighboring communities tested positive for the virus. The town’s Department of Public Health issued a notice Monday raising the risk level from low to moderate, and cautioned residents to take steps to avoid mosquito bites. The state Department of Public Health has found mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus in several area communities in recent weeks, including Belmont, Boston, and Watertown. The mosquito-borne virus can cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, in humans, and residents are at the highest risk of getting the disease in late July through the fall. Brookline has applied larvicide to catch basins, and an information line has been set up at 617-730-2295. Information can also be found at www.brooklinema.gov/health . Last year a Brookline woman in her 20s was infected with the virus, but recovered.

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com