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Ware at MODERATE Risk for Mosquito Borne Illness
Please read below for extra precautions to take this season.
Town of Ware Board of Health
(413) 967-9615
The Town of Ware has been designated at Moderate Risk for
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Important Information about Protecting Yourself and Family Kids from Mosquito-Borne Illness
The Department of Public Health and the Ware Board of Health is urging residents who live in areas of elevated risk to take personal protective measures to protect themselves against mosquito bites.
 Children are at greater risk from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) than from West Nile virus (WNV).
 Risk for mosquito-borne illness will continue until the first hard frost in your area. Hard frosts occur when temperatures fall below 28 degrees for several hours.
 Use mosquito repellent any time you are outdoors, such as waiting for the bus, walking to school or during outdoor sports practices. Even being out a short time can be long enough to get a mosquito bite. Make sure to follow directions on the label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used only in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.
 Be aware of mosquitoes around you. If mosquitoes are biting you, reapply repellent, or think about going inside.
 Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many species of mosquitoes. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during evening and early morning.
 Use mosquito netting on baby carriages or playpens when your baby is outdoors.
 When weather permits, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors.
 Make sure screens are repaired and are tightly attached to doors and windows.
 Remove standing water from places like ditches, gutters, old tires, wheel barrows, and wading pools. Mosquitoes can begin to grow in any puddle or standing water that lasts for more than four days, so don’t let water collect around your home.
 Avoid camping overnight near freshwater swamps to reduce your risk of exposure to mosquitoes that carry the EEE virus. If you do go camping, use a tent with mosquito netting and use appropriate repellents.


 

Town of Ware
126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
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