CMMCP Vector Spray Events:

updated 21-October-13


It’s important to note that spraying can reduce but not eliminate the threat of mosquito-borne illness in that area. That’s why it’s important for individuals to continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites — both before and after any spraying is conducted.


SAMPLING AND TESTING OF MOSQUITOES HAS ENDED FOR THE 2013 SEASON – UNTIL WE RECEIVE THE FIRST HARD FROST PLEASE BE VIGILANT AND AVOID ALL MOSQUITO BITES.


Virus confirmations w/e October 19

        No virus confirmation reported by Mass. Dept. of Public Health

Virus confirmations w/e October 12

        No virus confirmation reported by Mass. Dept. of Public Health

Virus confirmations w/e October 5

        No virus confirmation reported by Mass. Dept. of Public Health

Virus confirmations w/e September 28

        STOW (WNV) – application completed September 25

        MARLBORO (WNV) – application completed September 25

Virus confirmations w/e September 21

        No virus confirmation reported by Mass. Dept. of Public Health

Virus confirmations w/e September 14

        EEE HORSE – TYNGSBORO – follow up spraying done Sept. 10 & 11 in Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell & Westford

        ACTON (WNV) – application completed Sept. 11

Virus confirmations w/e September 7

        EEE HORSE – TYNGSBORO – applications done Sept. 5 in Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell & Westford

        BLACKSTONE (WNV) – application completed Sept. 5

        TEWKSBURY (WNV) – application completed Sept. 5

Virus confirmations w/e August 31

        No virus confirmation reported by Mass. Dept. of Public Health

Virus confirmations w/e August 24

        MILLBURY (WNV) – application completed August 27

        WESTBORO (WNV) – application completed August 21 & 22

Virus confirmations w/e August 17

        BOXBOROUGH (WNV) – application completed August 20

        CHELMSFORD (WNV) – application completed August 15

        SHREWSBURY (WNV) – application completed August 20

Virus confirmations w/e August 10

        HOLLISTON (WNV) – application completed August 12

        TEWKSBURY (WNV) – application completed August 12


FROM THE MDPH WEBSITE:

Positive mosquito results from 2013 can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at westnile.ashtonweb.com.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

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.

        Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

        Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 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.

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 discarding 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. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

More information is available on the DPH website: www.mass.gov/dph/wnv. Information about West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis is also available by calling the Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.