Health officials in Brookline have concluded that the West Nile Virus is present in mosquitoes in the town after the insects have tested positive for the virus in neighboring communities.
Brookline’s Department of Public Health issued a notice to residents Monday that the risk level for West Nile Virus has been raised from low to moderate in the town and cautioned residents to take steps to avoid mosquito bites.
The state Department of Public Health has found mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile Virus in several Boston-area communities in recent weeks, including Boston, Watertown, and Belmont.
The mosquito-borne virus can cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, and residents are at the highest risk of getting the disease in late July through the fall. Brookline has applied larvicide to catch basins in an effort to address the mosquito-borne virus and an information line has been set up at 617-730-2295 and information can also be found at www.brooklinema.gov/health.
Last year, a Brookline woman in her 20s was infected with the virus, but recovered.