DATE: August 9, 2018
Auburn Board of Health 508-832-7703
AUBURN BOARD OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES POSITIVE MOSQUITO FOR WEST NILE VIRUS AND ACTION TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC
AUBURN – On August 8, 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health notified
the Auburn Board of Health that there was a West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito
sample from a testing area in the Northern section of the town. The test was confirmed
by the State Laboratory from test a taken on August 3, 2018. Recently, the risk level for
WNV in Auburn is moderate due to recent WNV activity. This risk level and the
response action remains the same.
In response to this notification the Board of Health has coordinated with Central
Massachusetts Mosquito Control to spray the area of concern to help mitigate the threat
of WNV. The spraying will be done Tuesday, August 14, 2018 after sunset. The map
and street listing for the spray area can be found on the town website
Control Project at 508-393-3055 and also by accessing this link:
Residents can follow these spray precautions:
Please close street facing windows and keep pets inside between sunset and midnight if
possible to allow a more thorough application. Accidental exposures are not
expectations to cause any significant concerns. No precautions are needed the day after
the application, all residues will have evaporated.
While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for
severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present,
WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe
illness can occur.