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Seminar on diseases carried by mosquitoes and ticks, and how to prevent bites:
Friday, August 28, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
1 Vynebrooke Village
West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Lexington
DATE: August 20, 2015
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Lexington.
So far this year, mosquitoes collected from Belmont, Bedford, Burlington, Cambridge, Medford, Watertown, Waltham, and other Massachusetts towns have also tested posted for West Nile Virus as well.
WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.
The majority of people who are infected with WNV (approximately 80%) will have no symptoms at all. Approximately 20% of those infected will have symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash. Less than 1% of people infected with WNV will develop severe illness, including encephalitis or meningitis as demonstrated by high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation and muscle weakness. If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:
Avoid Mosquito Bites
- Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.
- 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.
- Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or 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 items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
- Drain Standing Water - 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 water in birdbaths frequently.
- Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
While the Lexington Health Division continues to work closely with the MDPH, locally we are continuing to work with the Eastern Middlesex Mosquito Control Program in larvaciding the town’s catch basins.
For more information:
Mass. Dept. of Public Health WNV info
Facts sheets on West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses are available at the Office of Community Development, Health Division at the Town Administration Building, located at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue.
Flu Clinic for residents Sixty (60) years of age and over
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at St. Brigid’s Keilty Hall
Influenza ( Flu) Vaccine will be available for Lexington residents sixty (60) years and older at St. Brigid's Keilty Hall, 1997 Massachusetts Avenue on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Please bring your Medicare Part B or other health insurance card. You can still be vaccinated if you do not have a health insurance card.
All vaccines will be provided at the upcoming clinic free of charge to Lexington residents on a first-come, first-serve basis. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and given a “deli” style ticket which indicates that a vaccine dose is available for you as long as you are medically eligible to receive the dose.
You will also be asked to complete a Vaccine Administration Record (VAR) and it will ask you for your health insurance information. Although insurance is not required to get vaccinated at the clinic, residents are asked to bring their health insurance cards, as the town can be reimbursed for administering vaccine at no cost to the resident. By providing this information, you will not be billed by your insurance provider. Health insurance providers want to encourage residents to get vaccinated because it is less expensive to vaccinate people than it is to cover a hospital visit due to a flu- like illness. They also want to encourage local Boards of Health to conduct flu clinics and vaccinate as many people as possible. One way to encourage local Boards of Health to vaccinate is to provide a funding source to purchase vaccine and supplies.
By providing your health insurance information to the board of health, you are helping to fund next year’s flu clinic at no cost to the town.