The is alerting residents that it is time to once again protect themselves against West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). While no positive mosquitoes have been found in this area of the state, it is not too soon to use caution when outside.
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.
Apply repellents that contain DEET on those for whom it is safe. Read product labels carefully for restriction
Whenever possible, avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk
Rid your surroundings of any standing water (tires, pools, barrels, etc.)
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 (light colors are better than dark colors or black)
Notify the Grafton Health Department of any abandoned swimming pools; a swimming pool 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 containers that might contain standing (uncirculated) water.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MADPH) will continue its mosquito surveillance program to provide early warning to the presence of WNV or EEE in local communities.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the Grafton Health Department at 508-839-5335 x119. You may also visit the MADPH website at www.mass.gov/dph.