ANDOVER — Mosquitoes collected in Andover and Methuen have been tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to local health officials.
In Andover, the mosquitoes were collected in the northern area of town near the Lawrence/Andover line, according to a press release from Health Director Tom Carbone.
Methuen was also notified the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that a sample of mosquitoes from that community has also tested positive for the virus, Carbone wrote.
“These are the first positive tests in the region this year, and show that West Nile Virus is endemic to the area,” the release said.
The two communities are members of the North East Massachusetts Mosquito Control District, and will be working together with the district over the next week to determine the best course of action in response to these findings.
Residents are being advised to review any standing water on their properties, and empty the water whenever possible. Birdbaths, children’s toys, stored tires, and clogged gutters are common areas where water can pool, the release said.
If going out after dusk, it is recommended for residents to wear long pants and long sleeved shirts, and use mosquito repellent with DEET.
For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Website at mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/. Information is also available at Andover’s Memorial Hall Library and in the lobby of Andover Town Offices.