MARION — In response to the confirmed human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in southern Plymouth County, the Town of Marion is closing all city owned property till additional discover.
The Marion Board of Health made the announcement in town’s official web site on Saturday afternoon, stating that “all town beaches, town parks, town ball fields, and outdoor events on town owned property” might be closed, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Saturday.
“Residents are urged to continue to use personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites. These measures should be used until the first killing frost,” the assertion learn.
“The Board of Health recognizes that residents have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.”
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) introduced earlier Saturday that laboratory testing confirmed the primary case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus an infection, in a male over 60 from southern Plymouth County.
This is the primary human case of EEE in Massachusetts since 2013. The danger degree in 9 communities has been raised to important consequently.
Marion, together with eight different space cities, at the moment are labeled as being at a important danger by the state. Joining Marion are the Towns of Carver, Lakeville, Middleborough, Rochester, and Wareham in Plymouth County and Acushnet, Freetown, and New Bedford in Bristol County.
The Town went on to suggest measures to be taken by residents to keep away from the viral an infection:
Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient (DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535) in accordance to the directions on the product label. DEET merchandise shouldn’t be used on infants underneath two months of age and ought to be used in concentrations of 30% or much less on older kids. Oil of lemon eucalyptus shouldn’t be used on kids underneath three years of age.
Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from nightfall to daybreak are peak biting instances for a lot of mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outside actions that happen throughout night or early morning in areas of excessive danger.
Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, lengthy pants and socks when outdoor will assist maintain mosquitoes away out of your pores and skin.
Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the variety of locations round your property for mosquitoes to breed by both draining or discarding objects that maintain water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading swimming pools, and alter the water in birdbaths incessantly.
Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes exterior by having tightly-fitting screens on your whole home windows and doorways.
Animal homeowners ought to cut back potential mosquito breeding websites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers resembling buckets, tires, and wading swimming pools – particularly after heavy rains. Water troughs present glorious mosquito breeding habitats and ought to be flushed out not less than as soon as every week through the summer season months to cut back mosquitoes close to paddock areas. Horse homeowners ought to maintain horses in indoor stalls at night time to cut back their danger of publicity to mosquitoes. Owners must also converse with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents permitted to be used in animals and vaccinations to forestall WNV and EEE. If an animal is suspected of getting WNV or EEE, homeowners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.
In addition to the 9 communities now at important danger, 15 communities in southeastern Massachusetts have been decided by DPH to be at excessive danger for the EEE virus and 18 at reasonable danger.
The EEE virus has been discovered in 227 mosquito samples this 12 months, lots of them from species of mosquitoes able to spreading the virus to folks.
DPH is collaborating with MDAR on the aerial spray, with native communities to educate the general public on their danger and risk-reduction methods, and the Mosquito Control Projects to coordinate surveillance and response actions.