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West Nile-infected mosquitoes have been found in an Upper Valley town, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

VtDigger reports that mosquito pools in Hardwick recently tested positive for the virus. This follows up on our previous report that pools in Weathersfield and Brattleboro tested positive.

This summer’s rain has provided an optimal breeding ground for mosquitoes, state Department of Health infectious disease epidemiologist Bradley Tompkins said in a statement. “That makes it especially important for everyone to do what they can to prevent getting bitten.”

The Health Department recommends the following steps to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk.
  • Use insect repellent. Check EPA.gov for safe and effective repellents.
  • Cover baby carriages or outdoor playpens with mosquito netting.
  • Mosquito-proof your home. Fix holes in your screens and make sure they are tightly attached to doors and windows.
  • Get rid of standing water. Drain water from gutters, old tires, wading pools and other places where mosquitoes can breed.