Oak Bluffs Mosquito Test Positive for West Nile Virus
Sara Brown

A mosquito found in Oak Bluffs this week has tested positive for West Nile virus. It is the third infected mosquito found on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.

According to the state department of health and human services, the infected mosquito was collected Tuesday. Earlier this month, mosquitoes with West Nile were found in West Tisbury and Tisbury.

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West Nile Warning
Suzan Bellincampi

Consider yourself lucky if you are not part of the one per cent.

It is not riches and luxury that are to be avoided; rather, the severe illness that accompanies the 1 per cent of folks who develop a severe infection after exposure to the West Nile virus. 

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West Nile Virus Detected in Tisbury Mosquito
Olivia Hull

A mosquito caught on Monday in the town of Tisbury has tested positive for the West Nile virus, confirmed Thomas Pachico, health agent. It is the second Island appearance of the virus this year. The town was notified Thursday evening.

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West Nile Virus Detected in West Tisbury Mosquito
Olivia Hull

A mosquito found in West Tisbury has tested positive for West Nile virus, the town department of public health announced Thursday afternoon.

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Growing Threat
Two weeks ago I wrote a letter to this paper in an attempt to raise the level of concern about West Nile fever and other mosquito-borne diseases coming to this Island. In my letter I urged a program of mosquito control which included aerial spraying and elimination of areas of stagnant water where mosquitoes breed.
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West Nile Virus Strikes Island
Chris Burrell
State public health officials have confirmed that a dead crow found in Tisbury last Tuesday has tested positive for West Nile virus, marking the first appearance of the potentially deadly disease on the Vineyard.
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Crow Tests Positive for West Nile Virus, But Experts Say Little Cause for Concern
Sam Bungey

An Edgartown bird has tested positive for West Nile virus in the first such case confirmed this year on the Vineyard.

A crow was discovered by a hotel restaurant worker and shipped to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health by Edgartown health agent Matt Poole.

Reached by phone yesterday, Mr. Poole said the worker spotted the crow corpse under a tree near the intersection of Main and Winter streets in downtown Edgartown. Mr. Poole said the discovery is confirmation of what is already assumed: that the virus exists on the Vineyard.

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Tisbury Mosquito Trap Detects Presence of West Nile Virus
Peter Brannen

West Nile Virus has arrived on the Vineyard. On Thursday the Massachusetts Department of Health announced that a single mosquito collected in Tisbury tested positive for the disease and health officials are asking Islanders to take reasonable preventive measures.

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Wizard Over Pests, T.J. Hegarty Turns Mosquito Potions Master
Remy Tumin

Thomas J. Hegarty drives around the Vineyard in his Dukes County pickup truck as though he could drive right out to the edge of the world. He holds up the peace sign to nearly every car he passes, or at least calls out the window to say hello.

He’s a man about town, but the former carpenter, contractor and Lampost bartender with the trademark Ray-Ban sunglasses and sometimes coarse sense of humor, has another side too. Mr. Hegarty is celebrating his 10th year as the director of the county integrated pest management program.

Yes, celebrating.

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