Mass mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

BOSTON — State health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito sample for the first time this year.

The Department of Public Health said Thursday the infection was confirmed in a sample collected in Boston on June 20.

No human cases have been reported. Six cases of West Nile virus were reported last year.

Health officials recommend that people use mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves, pants and socks when going outdoors, and consider staying inside during the peak biting time for mosquitoes, from dusk to dawn.

People are advised to drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs near homes and make sure windows and doors have well-fitting screens to keep out the insects out.

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