More mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, this time in Berkshire County.
Pittsfield public heath director Gina Armstrong told Western Mass News that the state has notified them that mosquitoes collected by the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project came back positive for the virus.
It's now the fifth positive sample in five weeks for the city.
Late last month, the state raised the West Nile Virus risk level to 'Moderate' in over a dozen local communities, including Pittsfield.
Armstrong noted that Pittsfield remains at 'Moderate' status.
It was also announced Friday that truck-mounted mosquito spray applications will take place in Pittsfield from 10 p.m. to midnight, Monday, August 13.
That spraying will take place within a one-mile radius of Pecks Road and Wahconah Street.
>> Residents can CLICK HERE to see a map of the spray area.
Spraying will be rescheduled to Tuesday night in the event of rain.
"According to a Mass DPH fact sheet about ground spraying of mosquitoes, 'exposure to the insecticide can be reduced by staying indoors during spraying. There are otherwise no special precautions that should be taken. The product used in the truck-mounted spray application breaks down quickly and does not leave a toxic residue,'" Armstrong explained.
To date, no human or animal cases of West Nile have been detected in the Commonwealth.
The Mass. Department of Public Health offers this information on how to protect you, your family, and your pets from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV):
Avoid Mosquito Bites
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
Protect Your Animals
More information on mosquito-borne diseases and 2018 test results can be found here.
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