Updated at 7:35 p.m.: East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project identified the trap where mosquitoes with West Nile Virus were found as the Hasting Street trap. Editor's Note: Residents should still take caution all over town not just in that neighborhood.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced today, Aug. 29 that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Framingham.
In 2012, 6,828 mosquito samples were tested for West Nile Virus and 307 samples were positive.
West Nile Virus is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas.
While West Nile Virus can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.
While the Framingham Board of Health continues to work closely with the state department of health and other agencies, locally the Town of Framingham works in partnership with the East Middlesex Mosquito Control project to provide larval and adult mosquito control services for the town.