EEE Update: Southbridge at Moderate Risk, Preventative Advice Given

SOUTHBRIDGE – Residents received an alert from the Town of Southbridge at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September describing the risk of Eastern Equine Encephelitis (EEE) in town to be “moderate” and providing risk management advice from State and local authorities.

Risk categories for EEE are remote, low, moderate, high, and critical. Sturbridge is in currently in the “high” risk category.

The notice advises caution from dusk to dawn. The alert includes the following wording, followed by the times for dusk and dawn for the next few days, from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

“The Massachusetts Department of Public Health states that Southbridge is at moderate risk and there have been no confirmed cases in the Town of Southbridge. It is highly suggested to the residents of the town to limited outdoor activities from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. When outdoors wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks to help keep mosquitoes away from your skin and apply insect repellent when outdoors. Get rid of all sources of standing water outdoors and fix any holes in screens.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at (617) 983-6800 or toll-free at (888) 658-2850, on the Mosquito-borne Diseases website, or contact the Southbridge Board of Health at 508-764-4252.”

For the week of September 1, 2019, dusk is at 7:30 and dawn is at 5:45

For the week of September 8, 2019 dusk is at 7:15 and dawn is at 5:55

For more information, visit The Massachusetts Department of Public Health website.


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