West Nile Virus found in Whitman, locals urged to take precautions
WHITMAN- “Mosquito season” gets off to an early start this year with the discovery of West Nile Virus in Whitman over the weekend, prompting state officials to warn the public about taking proper mosquito precautions.
The infected mosquito was colected by state officials on June 25 and the presence of the West Nile Virus was announced on Friday after being confirmed in a Boston labratory.
Last year, West Nile Virus claimed four lives and killed one Bay Stater.
The discovery of West Nile Virus in Whitman comes during one of the wettest June’s on record for the South Shore–conditions ripe for mosquitos–which thrive in wet, humid and hot conditions. Citizens are advised to wear clothing that covers up exposed skin and wear insect repellant during dawn, dusk or when walking in wooded areas.
During last summer’s scorching heat, Massachusetts recorded a third of all West Nile Virus cases in the United States, according to Boston.com.