It’s Mosquito Time Again
Submitted · August 01, 2012
The Upton Board of Health is alerting residents that it is time to once again protect themselves against West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Both WNV and EEE are mosquito-borne viruses, and simple preventative steps can be taken by all to minimize the risk of acquiring these illnesses.
The preventive steps include applying repellents that contain DEET on those for whom it is safe. Read product labels carefully for restrictions. Whenever possible, avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk. Rid your surroundings of any standing water. Use mosquito nets on baby carriages. Make sure that all your screens are in good repair and that all openings to the outside are equipped with screens or kept closed. Wear long sleeves and pants
Please notify the Upton Board of Health of any abandoned swimming pools; a swimming pool not being used that has not been drained and treated properly is an inviting environment for mosquito growth. This would include even small toddler sized pools and any other containers that might hold standing (uncirculated) water.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) will continue to carry out a mosquito surveillance program that provides early warning to the presence of WNV or EEE in local communities.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the Upton Board of Health at 508-529-6813 or you may also visit the MDPH website at www.mass.gov/dph. Take some easy steps while you enjoy the season and stay healthy!