Sunday, September 4, 2011
PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY: mosquito alert
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has found a bird-biting mosquito in the central section of Franklin, which has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. This is the first positive WNV mosquito sample found in Franklin so far this season. All residents are urged to avoid mosquito bites if at all possible.
The use of an insect repellent containing DEET is recommended during all outdoor activities. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age, and not used in concentrations above 30% in older children. Long-sleeved shirts and pants are also recommended when out of doors during times of peak mosquito activity; usually between dawn and dusk.
In addition, residents should drain all standing water on their property to reduce mosquito breeding sites. Inspection and/or repair of window and door screens are also important to keep mosquitoes from entering ones home.
We expect mosquito activity to remain high until the first hard frost in the fall. As such, residents should take all steps necessary to prevent mosquito bites until then.
Additional information is available on the Department of Public Health website: www.mass.gov/dph/wnv or by calling the DPH recorded information line at 1-866-627-7968.
You may also contact the Franklin Health Department with questions at 508-520-4905.
Franklin Health Department
David E. McKearney, R.S.
Public Health Director
Originally posted to the Franklin, MA website here