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CMMCP Vector Spray Events – 2017:  


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 MEASURES WHEN IN AREAS WITH MOSQUITOES.


Virus confirmations w/e September 30 – testing has ended for 2017

·       NONE

Virus confirmations w/e September 23

·       NONE

Virus confirmations w/e September 16

·       AYER (WNV)

·       DEVENS (WNV)

·       LANCASTER (WNV)

·       STOW (WNV)

Virus confirmations w/e September 9

·       BILLERICA (WNV)

·       CHELMSFORD (WNV)

Virus confirmations w/e September 2

·       ACTON (WNV)

·       NATICK (WNV)

Virus confirmations w/e August 26

·       DRACUT (WNV)

·       FITCHBURG (WNV)

·       LEOMINSTER (WNV)

Virus confirmations w/e August 19

·       BILLERICA (WNV)

·       MILFORD (WNV)

Virus confirmations w/e August 12

·       MILLBURY (WNV)

·       STURBRIDGE (WNV)

·       WEBSTER (WNV)

 

·       AUBURN

Virus confirmations w/e August 5

·       CHELMSFORD (WNV)

·       MILLBURY (WNV)

Virus confirmations w/e July 29

·       ASHLAND (WNV)

·       MILFORD (WNV)


FROM THE MDPH WEBSITE:

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 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: 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.