Monday, August 26, 2019
Boxford officials have been advised by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that mosquitoes from Boxford have tested positive for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.
Health officials warn that human exposure to EEE can be life-altering. In fact, sadly, a woman from our state died yesterday from EEE. The state's DPH has confirmed 36 communities this year with EEE exposure.
State agencies, the Boxford Board of Health, and other local officials are working to minimize the mosquito population.
Boxford has issued an order to close all playing fields, outdoor recess and outdoor sports at school until barrier spraying has been completed.
DPH suggests ways you can avoid mosquito bites
• Be Aware Of Peak Mosquito Hours - Dusk To Dawn,
• Wear Skin Covering Clothing,
• Apply Insect Repellent,
• Drain Standing Water At Your Home,
• Install or Repair Window Screens.
More info here - https://www.mass.gov/mosquito-borne-diseases. Here’s a link to where spraying is scheduled. https://www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019