IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION
October 1, 2015
Massachusetts Department of Public Health has increased the level to “high risk” in Suffolk County regarding eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus – both serious diseases passed onto humans by mosquitoes. Massachusetts has had at least five cases of West Nile Virus and one fatality. Protect yourself against mosquito bites. Use repellent products with DEET when outside. Infants and small children need to be protected in other ways. Clothing will help reduce bites. Long sleeves, pants and socks are important. Drain standing water around your home. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk. Stay indoors if possible limiting outdoor events. Less than 1% of those bitten by an infected mosquito will develop symptoms which include fever and flu-like illness and can be severe. If you have any questions or wish further information, please contact the Board of Health at 781-286-8176.