Mosquito pool in South Boston tests positive for West Nile


BOSTON ( -- A pool of mosquitoes in South Boston tested positive for West Nile Virus, making it Boston's sixth neighborhood of the season to have a pool test positive.

Earlier this summer, mosquito pools in Roxbury, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain and Roslindale tested positive for West Nile Virus.

But the alert level remains moderate, the Boston Public Health Commission stated, because there have been no recorded human cases of any mosquito-borne illness in Boston in 2014.

Using insect repellant, especially from dusk to dawn, while outside is a good way to reduce the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Turning over unused flower pots, buckets and garbage cans, as well as covering swimming pools when they aren't being used and cleaning gutters are all actions the BPHC advises people to take to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.