Board of Health

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Monkeypox: 6/30/22 the State Department of Public Health Announced 8 new cases of Monkeypox in  Massachusetts.  The Board of Health continues to monitor this situation.  Check the CDC webpage for information about symptoms, prevention and transmission 

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

People with monkeypox get a rash that may be located on the hands, feet, chest, face, mouth, or genital areas.

  • The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.

  • The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

Other symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Exhaustion

  • Muscle aches and backache

  • Headache

  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)

  • You may experience all or only a few symptoms

  • Sometimes, people symptoms before the rash and other times it follows the rash.

  • Others only experience a rash.

Monkeypox spreads in a few ways.

  • Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact and touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox (eating utensils, cups), and less commonly, through respiratory transmission. 

  • This can also happen during intimate contact with an infected person including the surfaces (fabrics, objects) used during intimacy.

Take the following steps to prevent getting monkeypox:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox including the rash or scabs.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.

If you think you may have been exposed to a person who has Monkeypox or have symptoms consistent with Monkeypox, please call your health care provider or seek care at Urgent Care.
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Tick borne illnesses are prevalent in our area.  Check here for more information.

Property Exclusion from Mosquito Spraying 2020

To access the online exclusion form or for more information about mosquito management in Wenham, click here.

Online Permitting

All BOH permits can be paid and submitted online. Files and applications should be sent to and will be coordinated with the appropriate inspector for sign off. Fees can be paid online with City Hall Systems at
Questions can be directed to or 978-468-5520 ext. 4. 

About the Board of Health

The Board of Health makes regulations as it deems necessary for the public health and safety of the Town. The Wenham Board of Health is responsible for the enforcement of State Sanitary Codes, State Environmental Codes and Wenham Board of Health Regulations. Areas of responsibility include: septic systems, housing and dwelling units, food service establishments, private wells and recreational camps for children.  

Board Members
Regina Baker (2026)
David Frenkel (2026)
Dr. Andrew Ting, Chair (2025) email:

The Board of Health holds public meetings on Wednesday mornings, as needed.

Contact the Board of Health
Wenham Town Hall
138 Main Street
Wenham, MA 01984
Phone 978-468-5520 Ext .4
Fax: 978-468-8014

Wenham Septic Inspector
Gregory P. Bernard
Areas of responsibility: septic systems and private wells

Assistant Health Agent
Bobbie Cody
Areas of responsibility: food service, public pools, recreational camps for children

Public Health Nurse
Maribeth Ting
Areas of responsibility: emergency preparedness, infectious disease tracking, annual flu clinics, health education

The Board of Health Agent, Greg Bernard, has office hours on Wednesday mornings by appointment


Town Hall Hours

Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday Closed

Contact Town Hall

Phone: 978-468-5520

Fax: 978-468-8014

138 Main Street

Wenham, MA 01984


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