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West Nile Virus (WNV) Confirmed in Mosquitoes from the Town of Easton

The Easton Board of Health has been contacted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and informed that a WNV (West Nile Virus) positive pool of mosquitos has been collected from Easton on 8/13/18.  The species of mosquito is the Culiseta melanura.  This species of mosquito is rarely attracted to mammals, and feeds almost exclusively on birds, but can affect humans if bitten by an infected mosquito.  The Town of Easton’s risk level is currently at “low.”  We will continue to send out updates and inform the public if the risk level changes.  Please review the attached press release on ways to stay safe from mosquito-borne illness.