State officials said Thursday that they discovered West Nile Virus in mosquitoes that were collected in Braintree.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said that the virus can infect people of all ages, but that those over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection, according to a press release issued by the mayor's office Thursday morning.
"WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito," the release said. "The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban, as well as more rural areas."
Braintree continues to work closely with the DPH and the Norfolk County Mosquito Control District, which operates the area's insecticide program, Director of Municipal Licenses and Inspections Marybeth McGrath said.
McGrath said in a follow-up that the state said the mosquitoes were found in central Braintree and that state officials typically collect from wetland areas and near bodies of water.
The control district will continue routine surveillance and weekly ground larvicide application in Braintree.
McGrath recommends the following:
Avoid Mosquito Bites • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. • Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. • Apply Insect Repellent containing DEET when you go outdoors.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home • Drain Standing Water • Install or Repair Screens