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HINGHAM — The Hingham Health Department reports that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced that a second human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in the Greater Boston area.
The Hingham Health Department will be working closely with the Department of Public Health in the surveillance of mosquito borne diseases including West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the area.
While there continues to be a low risk in the Hingham area, the Health Department reminds residents that it is important to minimize their exposure to mosquito bites through preparation and prevention.
Mosquitoes get WNV and EEE by biting infected birds. People and animals can contract these diseases by being bitten by an infected mosquito. There is no evidence that a person will get these viruses from handling live or dead infected birds or animals. However, gloves should be worn when handling any dead animals, and double plastic bags used to discard them in the trash.
Most people bitten by mosquitoes carrying WNV will experience no symptoms or very mild symptoms, and will recover on their own. Persons over 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe WNV disease.
The Hingham Health Department offers the following tips:
Mosquito Bite Prevention from the CDC (PDF)
Anyone with questions should contact the Hingham Health Department at 781-741-1466.
Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV activity in Massachusetts can be found on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website.