Virus found in Lynnfield mosquito sample

LYNNFIELD – The city has been notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MADPH) that a mosquito positive for West Nile virus has been detected in a recent sample.

Health Director Coral Hope urged all residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Deputy city administrator Bob Curtin said it was just a single event and finding West Nile virus during the summer is not unusual.

“It’s hard to say, but everyone should know that even if it hasn’t been detected in your town, it will be in the next town, so that’s to be expected,” he said. he declares. “People should know to always take precautions as they would for ticks and Lyme disease if they’ve been in the woods. People should always assume there’s a high probability of the virus appears in your city, so they just need to use common sense and take precautions.

Curtin said the health department notice was posted on the city’s website and on the school department and recreation department pages as well as the city’s Facebook feed.

In the notice, Hope outlined precautionary measures residents should take to protect themselves from the virus. Residents should rStay indoors from dusk until dawn as much as possible because “mosquitoes are most active at these times.” People should wear long sleeves and pants to reduce the risk of mosquito bites and use insect repellent containing DEET as it is the most effective. Hope also advised residents to scan their yards for standing water and also check flower pots and clogged gutters, “as these are mosquito breeding sites”.

The notice goes on to say that the Mosquito Control District provides vital work in the community by performing routine virus monitoring, as well as prevention and mitigation services.

Recreation director Julie Mallett said she posted the notice on Rec’s Facebook page and emailed everyone who signed up for the programs early Friday morning.

“We just wanted to make sure as many people as possible were informed and get the word out as quickly as possible,” Mallett said. “We have 600 kids in our Big Rec and Little Rec programs alone and many more when you add the field trips, basketball league and lacrosse program. We’re lucky that most of our programs are daytime, not nighttime, but it was still important to let everyone know.

The advisory also stated that West Nile virus has been endemic in Massachusetts for nearly 20 years and that MADPH has indicated that areas of Massachusetts are also at increased risk for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

“West Nile virus is a relatively common thing in this area compared to EEA, which is much more serious,” Curtin said. “But we always make sure the public knows that it’s [West Nile] there as soon as it is detected.

For more information, please visit https://www.mass.gov/mosquito-borne-diseases or contact Hope at 781-334-9481.

Anne Marie Tobin can be reached at [email protected]

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