Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus

The state’s Department of Public Health announced on Aug. 14 that a test of mosquitoes trapped in town showed the presence of the West Nile virus. The disease can be transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite, and people over age 50 are at a greater risk of complications from the illness. The town’s Department of Health and Human Services has asked residents to reduce the risk of mosquito bites by draining standing water around homes, ensuring that window and door screens are tightly fitted, and using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves when outdoors, particularly during peak activity times for mosquitoes, from dusk to dawn. For more information, visit www.town.arlington.ma.us.