Wednesday, September 17, 2008

"dead crows and blue jays"

Posted Sep 17, 2008 @ 11:58 PM


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued a warning: Mosquitoes in Franklin have tested positive for West Nile virus.

"We continue to urge residents to take personal precautions such as using repellent. It's not too late in the season for us to see human cases of West Nile virus or EEE (eastern equine encephalitis)," DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Al DeMaria said in a press release.

DeMaria advised residents to protect themselves from getting West Nile virus from mosquitoes by:

  • Being aware of mosquitoes' active hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for mosquitoes, he cautioned, so avoid early morning and evening activities outdoors
  • Wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks to protect skin from mosquito bites
  • Applying insect repellent containing DEET (but not on infants under 2 months of age and in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children), permethrin, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus (but don't use lemon eucalyptus on children under age 3)
  • Draining still water to mosquito-proof a home. This includes rain gutters and drains, because mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, and install or repair screens to keep the pests outside.
Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

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