Posted by: Dr. Catherine Brown, State Public Health Veterinarian
Last week, state officials made the decision to conduct aerial spraying of pesticides in parts of Southeastern Massachusetts after detecting several Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive mosquito samples in that area. The spraying took place over the evenings of Friday, July 20, Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 in 21 communities. The aim of aerial spraying is to quickly and effectively reduce the overall mosquito population in the affected area.
Aerial spraying, when it is effective, reduces, but cannot completely eliminate the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito. So while spraying certainly decreases the number of mosquitoes infected with EEE, it cannot eliminate the threat of mosquito-borne illness.
All residents, whether or not they live in a community that was sprayed, are urged to continue taking personal precautions to protect against mosquito bites.
- Use bug spray anytime you are outdoors.
- Cover exposed skin when outside.
- Use mosquito netting on baby carriages and play yards.
- Avoid being outside from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are at their most active.
Around your home, be sure to drain water-holding containers where mosquitoes can breed, such as garbage cans, flower pots, bird baths, and discarded auto-tires and install and repair screens in windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. Be sure to visit our website www.mass.gov/dph/wnv regularly for the most up-to-date information on what the state is doing to address mosquito-borne illness.
When Offering Support, Keep Self-Care in Mind posted on Jan 24
When a friend or loved one is suicidal, self-care often becomes an afterthought. In that moment of crisis, priorities change, focus shifts, and everything becomes about doing anything and everything possible to get that person the help they need. This shifting of focus and priorities …Continue Reading When Offering Support, Keep Self-Care in Mind
Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2017 posted on Jan 20
The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days. We’ve seen these rates head up and down over the past few weeks, which is an indication of how unpredictable flu can be. Here in New England, most flu …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2017
Folic Acid for the Future! posted on Jan 18
We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists! But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list: …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!