Three West Nile Cases Confirmed in Tewksbury and Wilmington

September 6, 2018 GMT

LOWELL -- The West Nile Virus has been detected in Tewksbury and Wilmington, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

In Wilmington, the virus was detected in the Fay Street wetland area, according to a message sent from the town Wednesday. A town alert from Aug. 29 also indicated mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile Virus in the Nunn Road wetland area, where spraying has since been conducted.

Unlike this year, mosquito samples taken from Tewksbury in 2017 did not test positively for West Nile Virus.

Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control is scheduled to conduct additional spraying in both towns Thursday night. Spraying is set to begin after sunset.

Here are some tips residents can take to help avoid mosquito bites:

* Use insect repellents

* Avoid planning outdoor activities around dawn or dusk

* wear long-sleeved clothing

* Remove standing water from around the home

* Repair damaged window screens

For more information, visit www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito .