MDPH increases risk level to moderate for WNV state wide

Key Public Risk Communication Messages for This Week:

Last week MDPH reported nine additional WNV human cases bringing the total to 38 for the 2018 season. Over the last two weeks MDPH has isolated 7 WNV positive mosquito detections collected throughout the Commonwealth. Please visit the Massachuetts Arbovirus Daily Update for a complete listing of positive findings and updated risk maps. This week will have cooler day and evening temperatures with periodic precipitation events. Residents should continue to expect mosquito activity even as the average temperatures trend lower. Residents should be reminded that the majority of human cases occur in the months of August and September. With ongoing detections of West Nile virus across the Commonwealth the likelihood of human infections increases as well. MDPH will continue to conduct comprehensive surveillance activities to ensure early detections and notification. Average precipitation events combined with cooler temperatures are likely to support average mosquito populations. Residents are urged to take appropriate personal rpotection activities to reduce mosquito bites. Check your risk levels throughout the season by visiting https://www.mass.gov/mosquito-borne-diseases 

Residents are urged to take appropriate personal protection activities to reduce mosquito bites. Check your risk levels throughout the season by visiting Mass.gov for Mosquito Borne Diseases

 

Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now

• Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it

• Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient

• Use long sleeves to cover up when possible

• Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations

• Repair screens

Several 30 second PSA videos are available for download and use on your website to help promote prevention activities to your residents. These can be found by clicking here