Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus positive mosquitoes were recently (August 2019) detected in Andover and Boxford. Since Essex and the surrounding communities also have the natural habitat for the mosquitoes that transmit EEE, the MA Department of Public Health is urging everyone to use appropriate precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
We advise you to stay inside when mosquitoes are active (between dusk and dawn). If you must be outside while mosquitoes are active, we urge you to wear long sleeves and pants, and use insect repellant.
West Nile Virus (WNV) was also found this week in mosquitoes in Lynn. In addition to using personal protection to avoid mosquito bites, please empty standing water from containers around your home, the breeding habitat for mosquitoes carrying WNV.
For more information, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/lists/mosquito-borne-disease-information-for-the-general-public
- Use insect repellents (click on the link above for information pertaining to active ingredients and use recommendations)
- Wear long-sleeved clothing
- Schedule outdoor activities to avoid the hours around dawn and dusk
- Repair damaged window screens
- Remove standing water from the areas around your home