CMMCP Vector Spray Events:

Updated 21-October-14


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.

Click this link for more information on insect repellents: http://www.cmmcp.org/repellent.htm

Click this link for mosquito protection tips: http://www.cmmcp.org/5ds.htm

ABSENCE OF POSITIVE TEST RESULTS DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE RISK IS ZERO – PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AND USE PERSONAL PROTECTION TECHNIQUES WHEN IN AREAS WITH MOSQUITOES.


All testing has ended for the season. On October 16, 2014 MDPH notified our office about a EEE horse fatality in the town of Westminster. Onset of symptoms was 10/05/2014. Westminster is not a member of an organized mosquito control project, but MDPH set up traps near the location the horse was found (central of town), as well as in Gardner and Princeton, which are also non-member communities. We set traps up in member communities Fitchburg & Leominster. Temperatures on Friday October 17 were conducive for trapping, but the temps have dropped off to the point that mosquito activity is limited. All trap results were either negative, counts too low for testing (<5 specimens) or the traps were empty. Scattered frosts have been noted, but as of this writing we have not had a hard freeze, so people should exercise caution in areas of mosquito activity until temps below 30F predominate.


Virus confirmations w/e October 18

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

Virus confirmations w/e October 11

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

Virus confirmations w/e October 4

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

Virus confirmations w/e September 27

        TEWKSBURY (EEE) – no application scheduled

Virus confirmations w/e September 20

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

Virus confirmations w/e September 13

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

Virus confirmations w/e September 6

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

Virus confirmations w/e August 30

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

Virus confirmations w/e August 23

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

Virus confirmations w/e August 16

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

Virus confirmations w/e August 9

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

Virus confirmations w/e August 2

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

Virus confirmations w/e July 26

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

Virus confirmations w/e July 19

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

Virus confirmations w/e July 12

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

Virus confirmations w/e July 5

        CLINTON (WNV) – application completed July 10

Virus confirmations w/e June 28

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

Virus confirmations w/e June 21

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

Virus confirmations w/e June 14

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


FROM THE MDPH WEBSITE:

Positive mosquito results from 2014 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.