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First case of 2014 West Nile virus detected in Mass.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced Wednesday that West Nile virus was found in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time in 2014.

A West Nile infection was confirmed by the State Laboratory Institute in a mosquito sample that was collected in Clinton July 3, according to DPH officials.

No human cases of the virus have been detected so far this year.

"Today's findings are a reminder of the importance of protecting ourselves and our families from the threat of mosquito-borne illness," said DPH State Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Catherine Brown.

People should use mosquito repellents, and wear long, loose clothing to reduce skin exposure. Ensuring house screens are tightly fit and dumping standing water can also help.

"Because of the very warm weather and the periodic thunderstorms we've been having, dumping standing water is especially important," Brown said.

There are no risk level changes associated with this finding, DPH officials said.

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