mosquitos-feature

Key Public Health Messages from Mass. Dept. of Public Health 2017


August 14, 2017

 

Last week, 25 samples of West Nile virus positive mosquito samples were collected from communities in Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Worcester Counties. These findings indicate that WNV activity continues to increase in range and intensity which increases the risk for human WNV infections across the Commonwealth. In response to these detections MDPH has raised risk levels for communities in Berkshire, Essex, Franklin, Hampshire, Middlesex and Plymouth Counties. MDPH and partnering Mosquito Control Projects continue to increase mosquito surveillance; additional West Nile virus detections are likely to increase within the next few weeks. Recent significant precipitation events and continued warm weather support increased mosquito populations, especially those most likely to spread West Nile virus. Residents should be urged to take personal protective steps to avoid mosquito bites regardless of where they live. Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.

Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now

 

Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it

Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient

Use long sleeves to cover up when possible

Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations

Repair screens

 

Remember that several 30 second PSA videos are available for download and use on your website to help promote prevention activities to your residents. These can be found at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks

 

NOTE: Zika virus continues to be spread in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, India, and Central and South America. The mosquitoes that spread this disease are active during the day.

 

Travelers who are pregnant or part of a couple planning on becoming pregnant soon are advised not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. The most current information about locations at risk can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html. If residents choose to travel, prevent mosquito exposure by: using EPA registered mosquito repellents, cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, stay in places with screens and air-conditioning, or sleep under mosquito netting.

 

In order to avoid sexual transmission of Zika virus from a partner who has recently traveled to an area where Zika transmission is occurring, abstain from sexual contact or use condoms consistently and correctly during all sexual activity. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

 

August 7, 2017

 

Last week, 28 samples of West Nile virus positive mosquitoes samples were collected from communities in Berkshire, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Middlesex, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester communities. These findings indicate that WNV activity is increasing in range and intensity which increases the risk for human WNV infections across the Commonwealth. In response to these detections MDPH has raised risk levels for communities in Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester Counties. MDPH and partnering Mosquito Control Projects continue to increase mosquito surveillance; additional West Nile virus detections are likely to increase within the next few weeks. Recent significant precipitation events and continued current warm weather support increased mosquito populations, especially those most likely to spread West Nile virus. Residents should be urged to take personal protective steps avoid mosquito bites regardless of where they live. Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.

 

Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now

Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it

Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient

Use long sleeves to cover up when possible

Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations

Repair screens

 

Remember that several 30 second PSA videos are available for download and use on your website to help promote prevention activities to your residents. These can be found at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks

 

NOTE: Zika virus continues to be spread in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, India, and Central and South America. The mosquitoes that spread this disease are active during the day.

 

Travelers who are pregnant or part of a couple planning on becoming pregnant soon are advised not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. The most current information about locations at risk can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html. If residents choose to travel, prevent mosquito exposure by: using EPA registered mosquito repellents, cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, stay in places with screens and air-conditioning, or sleep under mosquito netting.

 

In order to avoid sexual transmission of Zika virus from a partner who has recently traveled to an area where Zika transmission is occurring, abstain from sexual contact or use condoms consistently and correctly during all sexual activity. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

 

July 31, 2017

 

West Nile virus positive mosquito samples were collected from communities in Berkshire, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, and Worcester Counties, indicating that the risk for human WNV infection is increasing across the state. Due to these findings mosquito surveillance has intensified; additional West Nile virus detections are likely to occur within the next few weeks. The current warm weather and pattern of precipitation events will continue to support increased mosquito populations, especially those most likely to spread West Nile virus. Residents should be urged to avoid mosquito bites regardless of where they live. Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito

 

Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now

Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it

Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient

Use long sleeves to cover up when possible

Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations

Repair screens

 

Remember that several 30 second PSA videos are available for download and use on your website to help promote prevention activities to your residents. These can be found at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks

 

NOTE: Zika virus continues to be spread in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, India, and Central and South America. The mosquitoes that spread this disease are active during the day.

 

Travelers who are pregnant or part of a couple planning on becoming pregnant soon are advised not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. The most current information about locations at risk can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html. If residents choose to travel, prevent mosquito exposure by: using EPA registered mosquito repellents, cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, stay in places with screens and air-conditioning, or sleep under mosquito netting.

 

In order to avoid sexual transmission of Zika virus from a partner who has recently traveled to an area where Zika transmission is occurring, abstain from sexual contact or use condoms consistently and correctly during all sexual activity. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

 

July 24, 2017

 

Multiple West Nile virus positive mosquitoes samples were collected from communities in Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk Counties, indicating that the risk for human infection from WNV has increased to moderate in the communities of Arlington, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winthrop, and Winchester; additional findings in neighboring towns are likely to occur within the next few weeks. The current warm weather and pattern of precipitation events will continue to support increased mosquito populations, especially those most likely to spread West Nile virus. Residents should be urged to avoid mosquito bites regardless of where they live. Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito

 

Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now

Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it

Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient

Use long sleeves to cover up when possible

Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations

Repair screens

 

Remember that several 30 second PSA videos are available for download and use on your website to help promote prevention activities to your residents. These can be found at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks

 

NOTE: Zika virus continues to be spread in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, India, and Central and South America. The mosquitoes that spread this disease are active during the day.

 

Travelers who are pregnant or part of a couple planning on becoming pregnant soon are advised not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. The most current information about locations at risk can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html. If residents choose to travel, prevent mosquito exposure by: using EPA registered mosquito repellents, cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, stay in places with screens and air-conditioning, or sleep under mosquito netting.

 

In order to avoid sexual transmission of Zika virus from a partner who has recently traveled to an area where Zika transmission is occurring, abstain from sexual contact or use condoms consistently and correctly during all sexual activity. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

 

July 17, 2017

 

West Nile virus positive mosquitoes have been collected from Boston for two consecutive weeks indicating that the risk for human infection from WNV has increased to moderate in the communities of Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, and Watertown; additional findings in neighboring towns are likely to occur within the next few weeks. The current warm weather and pattern of precipitation events will continue to support increased mosquito populations, especially those most likely to spread West Nile virus. Residents should be urged to avoid mosquito bites regardless of where they live. Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.

 

Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now

Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it

Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient

Use long sleeves to cover up when possible

Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations

Repair screens

 

Remember that several 30 second PSA videos are available for download and use on your website to help promote prevention activities to your residents. These can be found at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks

 

NOTE: Zika virus continues to be spread in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, India, and Central and South America. The mosquitoes that spread this disease are active during the day.

 

Travelers who are pregnant or part of a couple planning on becoming pregnant soon are advised not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. The most current information about locations at risk can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html. If residents choose to travel, prevent mosquito exposure by: using EPA registered mosquito repellents, cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, stay in places with screens and air-conditioning, or sleep under mosquito netting.

 

In order to avoid sexual transmission of Zika virus from a partner who has recently traveled to an area where Zika transmission is occurring, abstain from sexual contact or use condoms consistently

 

July 10, 2017

 

West Nile virus positive mosquitoes were collected from Boston; additional findings in neighboring towns are likely to occur within the next few weeks. The current warm weather and pattern of precipitation events will continue to support increased mosquito populations, especially those most likely to spread West Nile virus. Residents should be urged to avoid mosquito bites regardless of where they live. Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito

 

Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now

Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it

Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient

Use long sleeves to cover up when possible

Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations

Repair screens

 

Remember that several 30 second PSA videos are available for download and use on your website to help promote prevention activities to your residents. These can be found at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks

 

NOTE: Zika virus continues to be spread in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, India, and Central and South America. The mosquitoes that spread this disease are active during the day.

 

Travelers who are pregnant or part of a couple planning on becoming pregnant soon are advised not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. The most current information about locations at risk can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html. If residents choose to travel, prevent mosquito exposure by: using EPA registered mosquito repellents, cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, stay in places with screens and air-conditioning, or sleep under mosquito netting.

 

In order to avoid sexual transmission of Zika virus from a partner who has recently traveled to an area where Zika transmission is occurring, abstain from sexual contact or use condoms consistently and correctly during all sexual activity. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

 

July 3, 2017

 

The first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes were collected from Richmond on June 27, 2017. The current warm weather and pattern of precipitation events are likely to support increased mosquito populations, especially those most likely to spread West Nile virus. Residents should be urged to avoid mosquito bites regardless of where they live. Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito

 

Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now

Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it

Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient

Use long sleeves to cover up when possible

Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations

Repair screens

 

Remember that several 30 second PSA videos are available for download and use on your website to help promote prevention activities to your residents. These can be found at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks

 

NOTE: Zika virus continues to be spread in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, India, and Central and South America. The mosquitoes that spread this disease are active during the day.

 

Travelers who are pregnant or part of a couple planning on becoming pregnant soon are advised not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. The most current information about locations at risk can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html. If residents choose to travel, prevent mosquito exposure by: using EPA registered mosquito repellents, cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, stay in places with screens and air-conditioning, or sleep under mosquito netting.

 

In order to avoid sexual transmission of Zika virus from a partner who has recently traveled to an area where Zika transmission is occurring, abstain from sexual contact or use condoms consistently and correctly during all sexual activity. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

 

 

June 26, 2017

 

Mosquito trapping and testing began June 12th. Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito. Warm weather and precipitation events continue to support increased mosquito populations.

 

Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now

Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it

Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient

Use long sleeves to cover up when possible

Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations

Repair screens

 

Remember that several 30 second PSA videos are available for download and use on your website to help promote prevention activities to your residents. These can be found at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks

 

NOTE: Zika virus continues to be spread in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, India, and Central and South America. The mosquitoes that spread this disease are active during the day.

 

Travelers who are pregnant or part of a couple planning on becoming pregnant soon are advised not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. The most current information about locations at risk can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html. If residents choose to travel, prevent mosquito exposure by: using EPA registered mosquito repellents, cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, stay in places with screens and air-conditioning, or sleep under mosquito netting.

 

In order to avoid sexual transmission of Zika virus from a partner who has recently traveled to an area where Zika transmission is occurring, abstain from sexual contact or use condoms consistently and correctly during all sexual activity. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

 

June 19, 2017

 

Mosquito trapping and testing began June 12th. Check your risk levels throughout the season by going to the website www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito. Recent warm weather and precipitation events are likely to support increased mosquito populations.

 

Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now

Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it

Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient

Use long sleeves to cover up when possible

Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations

Repair screens

 

Remember that several 30 second PSA videos are available for download and use on your website to help promote prevention activities to your residents. These can be found at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks

NOTE: Zika virus continues to be spread in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, India, and Central and South America. The mosquitoes that spread this disease are active during the day.

 

Travelers who are pregnant or part of a couple planning on becoming pregnant soon are advised not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. The most current information about locations at risk can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html. If residents choose to travel, prevent mosquito exposure by: using EPA registered mosquito repellents, cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, stay in places with screens and air-conditioning, or sleep under mosquito netting.

 

In order to avoid sexual transmission of Zika virus from a partner who has recently traveled to an area where Zika transmission is occurring, abstain from sexual contact or use condoms consistently and correctly during all sexual activity. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

 


 

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