State health officials yesterday bumped up the threat level for mosquito-borne-illness in our area after mammal-biting mosquitoes infected with the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus were found in Westborough.
The threat level in Westborough has been raised to High, while the threat in neighboring communities including Southborough, Northborough, Hopkinton, and others was raised to Moderate.
“We continue to see elevated levels of EEE activity in mosquitoes across the region, so it’s more important than ever for people to take precautions to avoid getting bit,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Al DeMaria. “Use insect repellant, cover up exposed skin, and avoid outdoor activities at dusk and nighttime, when mosquitoes are at their most active.“
In addition to the ones found in Westborough, mammal-biting mosquitoes infected with EEE were also found in New Bedford yesterday. Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were found in Northborough earlier this week.
In a comment on this blog, Executive Director of the Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project Tim Deschamps said town-wide spraying in Westborough was scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week.
Infected mosquitoes have not been detected in Southborough, and no town-wide spraying is scheduled, but you can request spraying of your neighborhood by visiting the CCMCP website.