AUBURN – On September 21, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health notified the Auburn Board of Health that there was a West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito sample from a testing area in the Northeast quadrant of the town. The test was confirmed by the State Laboratory from test a taken on September 13, 2016. Recently, the risk level for WNV in Auburn was changed from low to moderate due to recent WNV activity in nearby Worcester borders. This risk level and the response action remains the same.   

In response to this notification the Board of Health has coordinated with Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control to spray the area of concern to help mitigate the threat of WNV. The spraying will be done tonight, September 22, 2016 after sunset. The map and street listing for the spray area can be found at the following website or accessed by calling the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project at 508-393-3055. 

Residents can follow these spray precautions:

Please close street facing windows and keep pets inside between sunset and midnight if possible to allow a more thorough application. Accidental exposures are not expectations to cause any significant concerns. No precautions are needed the day after the application, all residues will have evaporated.

While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness.