Local news- Press Release
Rockland Town Massachusetts - West Nile Advisory 14 August 2022 ( news )
Rockland Town , state Massachusetts ( By Press Release office)
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On August 12 , 2022 The Massachusetts Department of Public Health ( MDPH ) informed the Rockland Board of Health that West Nile virus ( WNV ) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Rockland
, Massachusetts .
WNV is mostly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito . While WNV can infect people of all ages , people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection .
By taking a few , c......ommon sense precautions , people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:
Avoid Mosquito Bites
Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors . Use a repellent with DEET
Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites . Wearing long - sleeves , long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin .
Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes .
Mosquito - Proof Your Home
Drain Standing Water
Install or Repair Screens
While the Rockland Board of Health continues to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies , locally we are providing residents with fact sheet on WNV and on reducing exposure to mosquitoes that are available at Rockland Board of Health Office and by visiting
https://www . rockland - ma . gov/378/Board - of - Health
Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at:
www . mass . gov/dph/mosquito