EEE Update - 9/10/19

Town of Northborough
Board of Health
63 Main Street
 

Second Round of  Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes to Start Tuesday,  September 10, 2019

DATE: 9/10/19                      

CONTACT: Casey Mellin, Health Agent

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Mass Department of Agriculture (MDAR) have announced a second round of aerial spraying for mosquitoes in areas of the state at critical and high risk for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.   Spraying will begin this evening, Tuesday, September 10, 2019, and is expected to occur over several nights. Spraying is weather-dependent and schedules may change.

It remains critically important for people in communities at critical, high and moderate risk for EEE to continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites. These steps include using EPA-approved bug spray, wearing long sleeves and pants outdoors to reduce exposed skin, and cancelling outdoor activities in the hours from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Helpful Links:

Official statement regarding EEE and the second aerial spraying (9/10/19):

https://www.mass.gov/news/state-officials-announce-additional-aerial-spraying-for-eee-in-critical-and-high-risk

The most updated aerial spraying map for our area can be found in the below link:

https://massnrc.org/spray-map/MidWorNorSept2019.htm

Residents can also receive updated and comprehensive information from MDPH below. This link also includes recommendations on how to avoid mosquito bites and information on the pesticide used for spraying:

https://www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019

MDPH has also released a convenient chart stating dusk and dawn times.  Avoiding outdoor activities from dusk until dawn helps reduce the risk of being bit by mosquitoes:

https://colrain-ma.gov/files/EEE_2019_-_Dusk_and_Dawn_Table.pdf

Information about EEE and WNV can be found on the MDPH website at:

https://www.mass.gov/mosquito-borne-diseases

More information is also available at our Health Department’s website at:

http://www.northborough-ma.gov/health-department

Central MA Mosquito Control Program:

https://www.cmmcp.org/