West Nile virus found in Billerica mosquitoes


As summer draws to a close, Billerica city officials are announcing the presence of the West Nile virus in local mosquitos.

According to the office of Town Manager John Curran, the Central Mass Mosquito Control Project is [CMMCP] identified a trap in Billerica with adult mosquitoes that can transmit the West Nile virus.

The organization will be running an ultra-low volume truck-mounted spray application in Billerica in certain areas on Thursday, August 26th, from 8:00 pm to midnight in Billerica

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“Using the ultra-low volume mosquito control spray enables the CMMCP to control adult mosquitoes with the least amount of pesticides possible,” said Curran’s office.

Spraying sites in Billerica

Allendale Avenue

Allenhurst Road

Andover Street

Applewood Avenue

Tree forest road

Atherton Avenue

Baker Street

Baniulis Street

Avenue of linden trees

Bernhardstrasse

Boston Road

Bover Lane

Brueckenstrasse

Bridle path

Campbell Road

Carley way

Champa Street

Charlesanna Lane

Chelmsford Road

Ciccone way

Colonial drive

Colson Street

Dartmouth Drive

David Street

Diane drive

Dignon street

Dustin Young Lane

Eliot Street

Eubar circle

Fox Hill Road

Francis Street

Way of freedom

Governor Endicott Road

Governor Hutchinson Road

Hancock Street

Hard way

Holly Street

Janice Street

Jenkins drive

Kameha ride

Kazimer ride

Kenmar drive

Core drive

Laternengasse

Lexington Street

Avenue of magnolia

Wiesenstrasse

New Foster Avenue

Noltestrasse

Olde Hillside Avenue

Olney Street

Parkway Avenue

Partridge Hill Road

Phillip Street

Phyllis Drive

Poe Street

Teichstrasse Ext.

Prospektorstrasse

Putnam Street

Rivermere Avenue

Sheffield Drive

Springwell Road

Treble Cove Road

Triple terrace

Vasa Street

Verbena Road

W. Running Brook Road

Winning road

Woodbury Road

Woodlawn Avenue

Questions and concerns about spraying should be directed to the CMMCP. The organization can be reached at 508-393-3055.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC,], Signs and Symptoms of West Nile Include; “… fever in some people. Around one in five infected people develops a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash. Most people with febrile illness from West Nile Virus make full recovery, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. “

CDC officials also note that eight out of ten people infected with West Nile virus do not develop symptoms.

“About one in 150 people infected develops a serious central nervous system disease such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord). Symptoms of a serious illness include high fever, headache, stiff neck, drowsiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, cramps, muscle weakness, loss of vision, numbness and paralysis, “according to health officials.

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While the West Nile can affect people of all ages, the CDC warns that if infected, people over the age of 60 are at greater risk of developing serious illnesses, usually one in 50 people.

“[Those] with certain medical conditions like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease and people who have received organ transplants are also at higher risk, “according to the CDC.

There is currently no vaccine or specific medication to prevent or treat West Nile.

Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to lower a fever and relieve some symptoms, according to the CDC.

CDC officials recommended: “In severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized for supportive treatments such as intravenous fluids, pain relievers, and nursing care. If you think you or a family member may have West Nile Virus disease, speak to your health care provider. “

Joy M. Hosford, Senior Multimedia Journalist, Billerica Minuteman

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