North Andover Mosquito Control Update 9/13/19
As you may know a number of communities in the area have been affected by Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the recent weeks. North Andover is still currently under a “Moderate” risk category and some of our surrounding communities remain under “High” or “Critical” risk categories by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. North Andover has still not had a positive mosquito test, but continues to monitor mosquito activity and test for EEE while working in unison with Mosquito Control. Please be aware that personal protection is essential and the number one way to prevent mosquito borne diseases, such as EEE. Please read the following tips:
To minimize your chance of being bitten by a mosquito:
- Follow the 5 D’s
- DUSK – Peak mosquito activity starts around dusk.
- DAWN – Mosquitoes remain active through dawn.
- DEET – Wear insect repellent with effective ingredients such as DEET. Other effective ingredients include permethrin, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. All of these should be used according to instructions on the product label, and should be reapplied at the end of protection time.
- DRESS – Wear clothing to cover exposed skin and block mosquito access to your skin.
- DRAIN – Drain standing water from artificial containers on your property. Check birdbaths, old tires, rain gutters and drains, and other possible containers.
- Install or repair window and door screens: Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
- EEE is a rare but serious disease that is caused by a virus transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito.
- Fewer than 100 cases of EEE have been found in Massachusetts since it was first detected in 1938, and only 10 cases of neuroinvasive EEE have been reported in Massachusetts between 2009-2018.
- This summer, 4 cases of EEE have been reported in the state. We learned that one death may be associated from EEE.
- The type of mosquito that carries this virus is most often found near swampy areas.
Symptoms of EEE:
- Some people do not experience any symptoms. For those who do, symptoms of EEE typically occur 4-10 days after a bite from an infected mosquito.
- Some may have systemic symptoms without neurological involvement. These are similar to the flu and include fever, chills, body aches, and low energy.
- The most serious symptoms occur if swelling and inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) occurs, at which point more severe neurological symptoms may be present (such as fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting, seizures, and changes in consciousness).
- If you experience any of these symptoms, you must get evaluated by a healthcare provider as soon as possible. There is no treatment for EEE, and complications can be serious.
- As always, anyone who is feeling ill should contact their primary care provider or seek medical help.
- Centers for Disease Control information on EEE
- State of Massachusetts information on EEE
- Town of North Andover Board of Health
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health risk levels map