Friday, October 6, 2000
Dead Crow Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health notified the Carlisle Board of Health last Friday that a dead crow submitted for testing on September 23 tested positive for West Nile Virus. The crow was found on Stearns Street by a resident and submitted to the State Laboratory by the Carlisle Police Department. There have been 278 positive results in the more than 1500 birds tested by the state. There have been no confirmed human cases of the virus in the Massachusetts.
The Board of Health will be discussing West Nile Virus and appropriate responses by the town at its next meeting on October 10 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and residents are invited to attend.
The risk of contracting West Nile Virus for most people is very low, particularly at this time of year when mosquito activity diminishes and ends after the first hard frost. There can be a slightly increased risk of more serious infection from West Nile Virus in the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Avoiding mosquito exposure, using mosquito repellents and wearing appropriate outdoor clothing continue to be important safeguards until the mosquito season is finally over.
(The Mosquito has checked with local pharmacies whether they still have mosquito repellent available. At press time, the following reported they have repellent with DEET in stock: CVS at Route 27 and Great Road. in Acton, Brooks on Lowell Road in Concord, CVS at Treble Cove Plaza in Billerica, and Osco Drug on Carlisle Road in Westford. Repellent is currently out of stock at CVS at the Stop & Shop Plaza on Sudbury Road in Concord and the CVS on Route 110 in Westford.)
Up-to-date information on West Nile Virus in Massachusetts can be obtained from the Mass. Department of Public Health's web site at www.state.ma.us/dph and from the local Board of Health office.
For more information on the virus and prevention measures from the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health see box on page 14.
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