UPDATED: Mosquito Tests Positive For West Nile Virus In Tewksbury
Spraying of 20 road near the Billerica border scheduled for tonight.
Director of Public Health Lou-Ann C. Clement has confirmed that a mosquito has tested positive in Tewksbury for the West Nile Virus.
According to Clement, the mosquito was collected on Boisvert Road on Wednesday by the State Department of Health as part of their routine testing procedures.
There are two testing sites in Tewksbury. One on Boisvert and the other on Maryanne Avenue.
Thus far, no human cases of West Nile in Tewksbury have been detected. According to Clement, West Nile is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. While the virus can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.
Boisvert Road is located just off Chandler Street, to the west of Route 38.
"While Tewksbury continues to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies, locally we are working with Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project by requesting the spraying in the neighborhood associated with the positive mosquito," said Clement.
Spraying will be done tonight on Boisvert and 19 other roads in that section of town.