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
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 MEASURES WHEN IN
AREAS WITH MOSQUITOES.
confirmations w/e August 12
· MILLBURY (WNV)
· STURBRIDGE (WNV)
· WEBSTER (WNV)
confirmations w/e August 5
· CHELMSFORD (WNV)
· MILLBURY (WNV)
confirmations w/e July 29
· ASHLAND (WNV)
· MILFORD (WNV)
FROM THE MDPH
Positive mosquito results
from 2017 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
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.
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: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/id/epidemiology/providers/public-health-cdc-arbovirus-info.html
. Information about West Nile
Virus and Eastern
Equine Encephalitis is also
available by calling the Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.