Just as an FYI – from Heather Gallant Executive Director of the Taunton BOH
West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes have been found in Easton. It is important to state that there have been no positive mosquitoes found in Taunton as of now, and there are no human or animal cases of West Nile Virus in MA. Even though there have been no human cases reported, it is still very important to always use precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Here are some ways that you can do this:
Avoid Mosquito Bites
Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.
Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.
Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
Protect Your Animals
Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes.
Here are some resources that also have some very useful information pertaining to mosquito-borne diseases and information regarding positive mosquito results in MA.
This is just for informational purposes to update you on the latest information from the MA Department of Public Health. There are no cancellations recommended by the Board of Health at this time, and Taunton is still considered at “low risk” for West Nile Virus. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Please feel free to pass this message along to other City Officials whom may find this useful. Thank you.
Heather L. Gallant, MPH, RS, CHO
Taunton Board of Health
45 School Street
Taunton, MA 02780