West Nile virus detected in south Franklin

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has informed the Franklin Health Department that West Nile virus was detected in mosquitoes collected in south Franklin on Aug. 30. Although it is not unusual for the virus to be found in Franklin this time of year, according to the health department, residents are urged to take common-sense precautions to prevent mosquito bites, such as avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito activity, generally between dusk and dawn; using mosquito repellent; and draining all standing water on their properties that could serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. No additional mosquito-control spraying will be conducted in town unless the virus activity level changes considerably. For more information, call the health department office at 508-520-4905 or visit the town blog section at www.franklinma.gov


Rachel Lebeaux can be reached at rachel_lebeaux@yahoo.com.