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September 14, 2013

West Nile virus found in Salem, Beverly

SALEM — Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been detected in South Salem, the city’s health agent announced yesterday.

“We received a notice that a positive West Nile virus pool has been identified in Salem,” said Health Agent Larry Ramdin.

The pool was located near Loring Avenue and Leggs Hill Road.

This is the second time the virus has been detected in the city this summer. Another positive sample was found a few weeks ago, also in South Salem.

Tips on avoiding mosquito bites and mosquito-proofing a home can be found on the website of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Generally, residents are urged to take care by using insect repellent; wearing protective clothing, including long sleeves; keeping outdoor activities to a minimum between dusk and dawn, when the bugs are most active; and getting rid of standing water near the home.

Positive West Nile samples were also reported in Beverly and Middleton. A positive EEE sample was found in Topsfield.

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