Saturday, August 18, 2012

Public Health Advisory

As posted on the Franklin, MA web page
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has found additional mosquitoes infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Braintree, Canton and Norwood. To date no EEE or WNV positive mosquitoes have been found in Franklin. As this unprecedented mosquito season continues, we again urge residents to take all steps necessary to prevent mosquito bites. Avoid outdoor activities during the peak hours of mosquito activity; generally between dawn and dusk. The use of a repellent containing up to 30% DEET, permethrin or picaridin provides protection against mosquitoes. Permethrin products should not be applied directly to the skin, but only used on clothing. We recommend that residents drain all standing water on their property. Birdbaths, buckets/pails, wheelbarrows and children’s inflatable pools all provide ideal breeding sites for mosquitoes.

The Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project has increased the frequency of vehicle-mounted spraying within the county, in an attempt to reduce mosquito populations.
Any resident wishing to have their property sprayed for mosquitoes may contact the Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project @ 781-762-3681.

The Franklin Health Department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will continue to closely monitor mosquito/virus activity in the county to ensure the residents are provided with up to date information. 
If residents have any questions, you may contact the Franklin Health Department office @ 508-520-4905.

David E. McKearney, R.S.
Public Health Director
Franklin Health Department

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