Public Health Information



Mosquito Information:



8/6/19:



The Massachusetts Department of Public Health(DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) today announced that aerial spraying for mosquitoes will take place in specific areas of southeastern MA.  
The following towns in Plymouth County will be included in the aerial spraying:
  • Plymouth County: Whitman, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Hanson Bridgewater, Halifax, Plympton, Kingston, Carver, Middleborough, Lakeville, Rochester
The spraying is anticipated to begin the on Thursday, August 8 and continue over several evenings.  The spraying is weather dependent.  Please visit the DPH website at www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019 for the latest updates.

8/5/19:


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Whitman, Massachusetts.   Based on this finding Whitman will be moved  from moderate risk to high risk for EEE.

You may also find information on Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project at http://www.plymouthmosquito.org .  At this time, PCMC is accepting requests for residential spraying in our area.  Requests are accepted via fax, phone, walk in and email.  PCMC is located at 272 South Meadow Road, Plymouth, MA  02360.  Office phone: 781-585-5450 and office fax 781-582-1276.

Information about EEE and reports of current and historical EEE virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.
Press release dated 8/5/19

7/31/19:



MDPH has raised the EEE risk level to high for the following communities: Carver, Easton, Freetown, Lakeville, Middleboro, New Bedford and Raynham.  The following communities have been raised to moderate risk: Berkley, Dighton, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Kingston, Mattapoisett, Norton, Pembroke, Rehoboth, Rochester, Taunton and West Bridgewater.  We encourage all residents to take personal protective actions to avoid mosquito bites. Please refer to www.mosquitoresults.com to view risk levels.   The following cities and towns had EEE positive mosquito samples: Carver, Kingston, Lakeville, New Bedford, Raynham, and Rehoboth. 

Link to risk level maps for EEE and WNV


7/30/19:


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Whitman, Massachusetts.  On 7/23/19 one sample taken was positive.
Press release dated 7/30/19

By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • 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. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.
  • Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] 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.  Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin. 

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Drain Standing Water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of 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 - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.


Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at: www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.