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Mosquito Alert July 11, 2012

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT

Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health the communities of Easton, Raynham and Taunton are now considered to be at high risk for the EEE illness. The virus has been detected in mammal biting mosquito pools in southeast Massachusetts as reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The EEE virus risk level for our community is officially "HIGH".

Due to the increased risk level the

Raynham Board of Health is advising all outdoor activities be curtailed daily by dusk, ongoing until dawn or when mosquitoes are most active. All activities on “Town” and “Public School” owned properties must cease during the aforementioned times until further notice.

The Raynham Board of Health will continue to work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project to monitor the Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile risks in the community.  

        The Raynham Board of Health reminds everyone to follow the standard precautionary measures listed below issued from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

          The public can take simple and effective prevention steps to reduce the chance of infection.

1. 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 getting rid of 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-Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having well-fitting screens on both your windows and doors.
2. Avoid Mosquito Bites
  • Avoid Outdoor Activity During Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak mosquito biting times for many mosquitoes. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during evening and early morning -- or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
  • Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. When possible, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors.
*Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. A wide variety of insect repellent products is available. The most effective repellents contain DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), Picardin (KBR 3023) or Permethrin. Always follow the instructions on the product label. DEET can be used directly on skin and on clothing. Permethrin can be used on clothing but not directly on skin.  Oil of lemon eucalyptus has also demonstrated efficacy against mosquito bites, with protection similar to repellents with low concentrations of DEET. DEET is considered safe when used according to the manufacturer’s directions.  Products containing DEET should not be used on children less than 2 months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or lower for older children and adults.

3. Contacts

  • BRISTOL COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL
Telephone number: 508-823-5253

Raynham Board of Health Office
        Telephone number: 508-824-2766



 
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