The State Department of Public Health has confirmed a case of Eastern equine encephalitis (Triple E), a mosquito-borne illness, in Worcester County. Webster is now at a moderate risk level. Consequently, the Department of Public Health will be aerial spraying for mosquitoes which is tentatively scheduled for the night of Sunday, August 25 and will continue over several evenings. The ability to spray is weather dependent and schedule may change.
Triple E can cause severe illness and possibly lead to death in any age group; however, people under age 15 are at particular risk. EEE does not occur every year, but based on mosquito sampling, a high risk of occurrence of human cases currently exists.
Please protect yourself by:
Applying Insect Repellent when Outdoors.
Avoiding the Peak Mosquito Hours from dusk to dawn.
Mosquito-Proofing Your Home by draining Standing Water and Installing or Repairing Screens.
More Info Below:
State public health officials announce third human case of EEE in the Commonwealth
Emergency Response to Mosquito-Borne Virus: Aerial Spray Map
Aerial Mosquito Control to Reduce Risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)