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August 2018The Winchester Board of Health would like to remind all residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites. Mosquito-borne illness will continue to be a risk until the first overnight frost and precautions should be taken. West Nile Virus (WNV) has been identified in mosquitoes in nearby communities and Winchester is now in a moderate risk category for WNV.
WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as, more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe illness.
By taking a few common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:
Avoid Mosquito Bites
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
The Winchester Board of Health continues to work closely with the East Middlesex & Suffolk County Mosquito Control Projects as well as, the Mass Department of Public Health. Locally, we have applied larvicide to catch basins and limited wetland areas. For more information contact the Health Department office at 781-721-7121.
Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at: http://www.mass.gov/dph/ and use the search word “mosquito.”
Board of Health Cathy C. Donaghey , Chair
Kerry Bartlett, MHS, Vice-Chair
Shannon Bottari, MD
Jennifer Murphy, MPH, Director
Kathy Whittaker, RN, Public Health Nurse