The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) confirmed on September 17, 2019 that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Quincy. There was one WNV-positive Culex pipiens/restuans complex mosquito sample (pool) identified from mosquito samples collected on September 11, 2019. According to the MDPH’s 2019 Surveillance and Response Plan, the City of Quincy is considered to be at Low Risk for both West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
To date, for 2019, the State has reported 72+ WNV-positive mosquito pools from twelve counties, including at least four from Norfolk County.
While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection. WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. The City of Quincy Health Department and the MDPH recommend that the public continue to take action to avoid mosquito bites and reduce mosquito populations around their home and neighborhoods.
Information about WNV and reports of WNV activity in Massachusetts during 2019 can be found on the MDPH website by clicking here. The Quincy Health Department will continue to work closely with the MDPH Arbovirus Surveillance Program and the Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project on mosquito control and surveillance efforts.