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 Rockland Town Massachusetts - West Nile Virus Advisory 13 August 2022 ( news )

Rockland Town Massachusetts - West Nile Virus Advisory 13 August 2022 ( news )

Rockland Town , state Massachusetts
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   West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes 
   Advisory notice
    
    
   DATE: August 12 , 2022                                               CONTACT: Delshaune Flipp
   TOWN: Rockland                                                       TELEPHONE: ( 781 ) 871 - 1874 Ext 1005
    
   The Massachusetts Department of Public Health ( MDPH ) announced today that the West Nile virus ( W......NV ) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Rockland
    , Massachusetts .
     
    
   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 infection .  
    
   By taking a few , common 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 ( N , N - diethyl - m - toluamide ) ,
   permethrin , picaridin ( KBR 3023 ) ,
   IR3535or
   oil of lemon eucalyptus[p - methane 3 , 8 - diol ( PMD ) ] according to the instructions on the product label . DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children . Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age .   Permethrin products are intended for use on clothing , shoes , bed nets , and camping gear and should not be applied to the skin .
    
   Clothing Can Help
    reduce mosquito bites . Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot , 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 . When the risk increases , consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during the evening or early morning . If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you , take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors , covering up , and/or wearing repellant .
    
   Mosquito - Proof Your Home
   Drain Standing Water
    – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water . Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water . Check rain gutters and drains . Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools and change the water in birdbaths frequently .  
   Install or Repair Screens
     - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors . Keep them outside by having tightly - fitting screens on all your windows and doors .
    
   While the Rockland Board of Health continues to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies , locally we are providing residents with a fact sheets on WNV and on reducing exposure to mosquitoes that are available at the 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
    .
   



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