Although the calendar is reversed to September and the daytime temperatures are slightly cooler and people may not have mosquitoes in their heads, Massachusetts equine encephalitis remains a "serious problem," said Healthcare Commissioner Monica Bharel on Wednesday.
] "The mosquito season is not over yet," Bharel told the Public Health Council on Wednesday. "It's September, school has started, autumn sports have started, people are not thinking about mosquitoes, but this is a critical time when individuals need to protect themselves, so we urge everyone to take personal precautions to get mosquito bites This is the best protection we have. "
The mosquito-borne EEE virus has so far been confirmed in seven people in Massachusetts this year, including a woman from Bristol County who died of the disease. Cases have also been confirmed in eight horses and one goat.
Risks have been identified in more than half of the state's 351
The DPH and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources announced on Tuesday Plans to carry mosquito spray in parts of the counties of Norfolk, Middlesex and Worcester announced.
"Where weather, temperature and equipment conditions permit, plans are in place In the following rounds, critical and high-risk communities are included in the counties of Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Plymouth.
An additional budget submitted by Governor Charlie Baker on Friday included $ 3.5 million in spraying to reduce the risk of waste electrical and electronic equipment. This bill (H 4067) was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday for review.
"We put $ 3.5 million into the budget and it's likely to go up," said Treasury Secretary Michael Heffernan to the local government advisor on Tuesday.
Heffernan said the Executive Bureau of Energy and Environment had "returned the planes to spray more." Season, "he said.
To avoid mosquito bites, Bharel advised people to use bug spray, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in the house between dusk and dawn.
"Personal behavioral change is something we all know is harder to do," Bharel said. "We all have to constantly remember."
Colin A. Young contributed to the coverage.