EEE - Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Report #14 

Date: 11-4-2019

Time: 4:15 PM

Although colder temperatures settled over the region this weekend, the Mass. Department of Public Health (MDPH) has not removed the Critical Risk level in Ashland for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The MDPH advises that a hard frost – a period of several consecutive hours of temperatures below 28 degrees – must happen in order to kill remaining mosquitoes. Due to daylight savings time and the Critical Risk level remaining, all outdoor events, games and practices on Town property will have a hard end time of 5:00 p.m. until a hard frost occurs.

MDPH will routinely update the low temperature map (below), and we will pass along any updates, as soon as they are received.

Temp Map 11-4

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-arbovirus-update#temperature-map-

Because Ashland is at a Critical Risk level, the following protocol remains in place: 

  • Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from November 4th -  November 11th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 5:00 PM);
  • Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled/rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from November 4th -  November 11th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 5:00 PM);
  • Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating areas after dusk (from November 4th -  November 11th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 5:00 PM); and
  • The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from November 4th -  November 11th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 5:00 PM).

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications:

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 

If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-881-0100 x 7128.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-881-0100 x 7922 or see the Ashland Board of Health EEE Webpage:  https://www.ashlandmass.com/718/EEE---Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis

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Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Report #13

Date: 10-28-2019

Time: 2:20 PM

The risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) transmission will continue to decrease as we move towards a hard frost. Only a hard frost will eliminate the risk of EEE and West Nile Virus (WNV) within our community. A hard, or killing frost, is defined meteorologically as two consecutive hours of temperatures below 28 degrees Fahrenheit or three hours below 32 degrees. This will occur at different times for different communities, and there may even be variation within communities based on local geography. Mass. Department of Public Health (DPH) has provided a low temperature map (below); Ashland still remains at Critical Risk and, at this time, has not yet had the occurance of a hard frost. For further information, visit the Mass DPH website at the link below.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-arbovirus-update#temperature-map- 

Temp Map 

Because Ashland is at a Critical Risk level, the following protocol remains in place: 

·   Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from October 29th– November 4th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM);

·   Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled/rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from October 29th– November 4th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM);

·   Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating areas after dusk (from October 29th– November 4th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM); and

·   The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from October 29th– November 4th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM).

Please see the Current Risk Level Map below. 

Risk Map 10-28-2019.JPG

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications: 

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 

If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-881-0100 x 7128.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts 

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-881-0100 x 7922.

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Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Report #12 

Date: 10-21-2019

Time: 4:15 PM

Middlesex County has had temperatures dropping to lows in the 30’s, but we have not yet encountered a “hard frost”, in which temperatures at or below 28 degrees are sustained for several hours to kill any remaining mosquitoes.  Mosquito populations continue to decline but the critical risk level remains.

Because Ashland is at a Critical Risk level, the following protocol has been put in place: 

  • Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from October 22nd– October 28th , dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM);
  • Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled/rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from October 22nd– October 28th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM);
  • Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating areas after dusk (from October 22nd– October 28th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM); and
  • The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from October 22nd– October 28th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM)

Please use the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to the skin.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home.

Please watch these short Public Service Announcement videos available for you to learn ways to protect yourself and your family from mosquito and tick bites, and the illnesses they can cause. These videos can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/mosquitoes-and-ticks-theyre-out-in-mass

Please see the Current Risk Level Map below.

Risk Map 10-22-2019


Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications:

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 

If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-881-0100 x 7128.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-881-0100 x 7922 or see the Ashland Board of Health EEE Webpage:  https://www.ashlandmass.com/718/EEE---Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis

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Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Statement #11 

Date: 10-15-2019

Time: 5:00 PM

 The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed the third human case of West Nile virus (WNV) infection this year, a resident of Middlesex County.

There have also been 12 human cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus infection. Eight horses and a goat have also been confirmed with EEE this season.  Ashland remains in Critical Risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Although mosquito populations are declining, some risk will continue until the first hard frost.  A hard frost is 28 degrees or less for three-to-four straight hours, according to the state Department of Agricultural Resources.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s latest Arbovirus Surveillance Program Report can be found here. Positive EEE mosquito samples have been identified in Barnstable, Bristol, Essex, Hampden, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Worcester counties. These samples include mosquitoes known to bite humans. Communities designated by MDPH as Critical and High for EEE risk are urged to cancel evening and early morning outdoor events and increase outreach and awareness to our residents.

Because Ashland is at a Critical Risk level, the following protocol has been put in place: 

  • Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from October 15th – October 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM);
  • Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled/rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from October 15th – October 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM);
  • Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating areas after dusk (from October 15th – October 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM); and
  • The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from October 15th – October 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:00 PM).

Residents should continue to take personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites. Residents can learn more about EEE and ways to protect themselves on DPH’s website.  There are also several 30-second Public Service Announcement videos available for you to learn ways to protect yourself and your family from mosquito and tick bites, and the illnesses they can cause. These videos can be found here:  https://www.mass.gov/service-details/mosquitoes-and-ticks-theyre-out-in-mass

Please see the Current Risk Level Map below.

Risk Map 10-15-2019

The Department of Public Health urges people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to the skin.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:

Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them.

Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.

Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.

Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

Change the water in bird baths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.

Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.

Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

More information on choosing and using repellents safely is included in the Mosquito Repellents fact sheet. You may also contact the Mass. Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 to request a hard copy.

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications:

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 

If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-881-0100 x 7128.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-881-0100 x 7922 or the EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928 or see the Ashland Board of Health EEE Webpage:  https://www.ashlandmass.com/718/EEE---Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis

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Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Statement #10 

Date: 10-7-2019

Time: 4:00 PM

As the colder weather approaches and mosquito populations decline, it is important to keep in mind that Ashland remains in Critical Risk, and until there is a hard frost, the risk of EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) will continue to exist.

Today, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) released their latest Arbovirus Surveillance Program Report; it is noted that positive EEE mosquito samples have been identified in Barnstable, Bristol, Essex, Hampden, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Worcester counties. These samples include mosquitoes known to bite humans. Communities designated by MDPH as Critical and High for EEE risk are urged to cancel evening and early morning outdoor events and increase outreach and awareness to our residents.

Residents should continue to take personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites. Residents can learn more about EEE and ways to protect themselves on DPH’s website.  There are also several 30-second Public Service Announcement videos available for you to learn ways to protect yourself and your family from mosquito and tick bites, and the illnesses they can cause. These videos can be found here:  https://www.mass.gov/service-details/mosquitoes-and-ticks-theyre-out-in-mass

Please see the Current Risk Level Map below.

Risk Map 10-7-2019

Because Ashland is at a Critical Risk level, the following protocol has been put in place: 

  • Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from October 7th – October 13th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:15 PM);
  • Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled/rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from October 7th – October 13th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:15 PM);
  • Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating areas after dusk (from October 7th – October 13th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:15 PM); and
  • The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from October 7th – October 13th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:15 PM).

The Department of Public Health urges people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to the skin.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:

Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them.

Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.

Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.

Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

Change the water in bird baths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.

Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.

Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

More information on choosing and using repellents safely is included in the Mosquito Repellents fact sheet. You may also contact the Mass. Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 to request a hard copy.

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications:

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 

If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-881-0100 x 7128.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-881-0100 x 7922 or the EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928 or see the Ashland Board of Health EEE Webpage:  https://www.ashlandmass.com/718/EEE---Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis


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Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Statement #9 

Date: 09-30-19

Time: 3:45 PM

The Town of Ashland is one of 35 communities which remain at Critical Risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). 53 communities are at High Risk and 121 communities are at Moderate Risk for the EEE virus in Massachusetts. Ashland’s Critical Risk level will most likely remain in effect through the season, until the first hard frost.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced that the 12th human case of EEE virus infection was confirmed in Hampden County. In addition to the 12 human cases of EEE this season in Massachusetts, there have also been eight confirmed cases of EEE this year in animals - seven horses and a goat. A Public Health fact sheet on EEE and West Nile virus (WNV) in animals may be found here.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s latest press release may be found here.

State officials continue to remind residents to take personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites. Residents can learn more about EEE and ways to protect themselves on MDPH’s website.

“Although mosquito populations are declining, the weather is keeping them active,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. ``We continue to emphasize the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”

2019 Massachusetts Arbovirus Daily Update may be found here: http://mosquitoresults.com/

RIsk Level 9-30-2019

Because Ashland is at a Critical Risk level, the following protocol has been put in place: 

  • Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from September 30th – October 6th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:30 PM);
  • Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled/rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from September 30th – October 6th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:30 PM);
  • Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating areas after dusk (from September 30th – October 6th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:30 PM); and
  • The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from September 30th – October 6th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:30 PM).

The Department of Public Health urges people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to the skin.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:
    • Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them.
    • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.
    • Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.
    • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
    • Change the water in bird baths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
    • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
    • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
    • More information on choosing and using repellents safely is included in the Mosquito Repellents fact sheet. You may also contact the Mass. Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 to request a hard copy.

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications:

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 

If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-881-0100 x 7128.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-881-0100 x 7922 or the EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928.

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Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Statement #8 

Date: 09-23-19

Time: 4:00 PM

Aerial mosquito spraying for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Ashland was completed last Wednesday evening, September 18, 2019.

See the final, updated MDAR spray map below, or you may also find it here:

https://massnrc.org/spray-map/MidWorNorSept2019.htm

spray map 9-18-2019


State and local officials continue to emphasize the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites, particularly during the unusually warm weather when there is an increase in outdoor activity among people and mosquitoes. It is absolutely essential that people take steps to avoid being bitten by a mosquito.

Protect yourself from illness by doing simple things: using insect repellents; wearing long-sleeved clothing; scheduling outdoor activities to avoid the hours around dawn and dusk during peak mosquito season; repairing damaged window and door screens; and removing standing water from the areas around your home. The risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) will continue until the first hard frost.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s latest press release may be found here: https://www.mass.gov/news/state-officials-announce-10th-human-case-second-eee-death-in-massachusetts

Learn more about Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and mosquito control efforts in areas of high and critical risk on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website here:

https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

See the EEE Risk Map below or it may be found here:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-arbovirus-daily-update#eee-risk-map-

Risk Level 9-23-2019

Because of the Critical Risk Level, the following protocol has been put in place: 

  • Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from September 22nd– 29th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:30 PM);
  • Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled/rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from September 22nd– 29th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:30 PM);
  • Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating areas after dusk (from September 22nd– 29th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:30 PM); and
  • The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from September 22nd– 29th, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:30 PM).

The Department of Public Health urges people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to the skin.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:

Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them.

Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.

Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.

Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

Change the water in bird baths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.

Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.

Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

More information on choosing and using repellents safely is included in the Mosquito Repellents fact sheet. You may also contact the Mass. Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 to request a hard copy.

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications:

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 

If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-881-0100 x 7128.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-881-0100 x 7922 or the EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928 or see the Ashland Board of Health EEE Webpage:  https://www.ashlandmass.com/718/EEE---Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis


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Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Statement #7 – AERIAL SPRAYING IN ASHLAND IS COMPLETE

Date: 09-18-19

Time: 7:00 PM

Aerial mosquito spraying for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) was completed for the remaining areas of Ashland last night. See the updated map below, or see the map on the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources website here:

spray map 9-18-2019

Legend 9-18-2019

State and local officials continue to remind residents to take personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites.  Residents can learn more about EEE and ways to protect themselves on DPH’s website here. The risk of EEE will continue until the first hard frost.

See the DPH EEE Guide to find current information about Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and mosquito control efforts in areas of high and critical risk.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s latest press release may be found here: https://www.mass.gov/news/state-officials-announce-9th-human-case-of-eee-in-massachusetts

See the Updated EEE Risk Map below, or find the link here: http://mosquitoresults.com.

Risk Map 9-18-2019

All residents should continue to use mosquito repellent and those in high and critical risk communities should consider staying indoors during the dusk to dawn hours to reduce exposure to mosquitoes. Please see the recommended cancellation times for outdoor activities guide here.

Because Ashland is at a Critical Risk level, the following protocols have been put in place: 

· Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from September 16th – 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:45 PM);

· Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled or rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from September 16th – 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:45 PM);

· Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating areas after dusk (from September 16th – 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:45 PM); and

· The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from September 16th – 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:45 PM).

The Department of Public Health urges people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

· Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

· When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

· Use a repellent with DEET. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to the skin.

· Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.

· Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:

  • Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Change the water in bird baths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
  • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
  • More information on choosing and using repellents safely is included in the Mosquito Repellents fact sheet. You may also contact the Mass. Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 to request a hard copy.

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications:

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 

If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-881-0100 x 7128.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-881-0100 x 7922 or the EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928.

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EEE - Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Statement #6 – PARTIAL SPRAYING HAS BEEN CONDUCTED IN ASHLAND, RISK LEVEL REMAINS AT CRITICAL

Date: 09-16-19

Time: 5:00 PM

Aerial mosquito spraying was conducted within certain areas of Ashland last night (see map below). Spraying is expected to continue this evening in specific communities in Worcester, Middlesex, and Norfolk counties, however this is weather dependent. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) aerial spray map has been updated to reflect the parts of the spray zone that were sprayed last evening and the areas that remain to be sprayed. See the updated spray map HERE.  We will advise when the aerial spraying has been completed in Ashland. Spraying for mosquitoes does not eliminate the risk of EEE transmission and the public is asked to continue to follow personal protection practices.

Spray map 9-16-2019

Legend 9-16-2019

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s latest press release may be found here: https://www.mass.gov/news/state-officials-announce-8th-human-case-of-eee-in-massachusetts

See the Updated EEE Risk Map below, or find the link HERE.

Risk Map 9-16-2019

All residents should continue to use mosquito repellent and should consider staying indoors during the dusk to dawn hours to reduce exposure to mosquitoes. Residents can learn more about EEE and about ways to protect themselves on the Department of Public Health website.

Because of the increase in risk level, the following protocol has been put in place: 

·Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from September 16th – 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:45 PM);

·Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled/rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from September 16th – 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:45 PM);

·Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating areas after dusk (from September 16th – 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:45 PM); and

·The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from September 16th – 21st, dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 6:45 PM).

The Department of Public Health urges people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

· Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

· When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

· Use a repellent with DEET. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to the skin.

· Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.

· Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:

  • Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Change the water in bird baths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
  • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
  • More information on choosing and using repellents safely is included in the Mosquito Repellents fact sheet. You may also contact the Mass. Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 to request a hard copy.

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications:

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 

If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-881-0100 x 7128.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-881-0100 x 7922 or the EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928 or see the Ashland Board of Health EEE Webpage:  https://www.ashlandmass.com/718/EEE---Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis


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Situational Awareness Statement #5 –State officials announce additional aerial spraying for EEE in Ashland and other critical and high risk communities

Date: 09-10-19

Time: 2:35 PM

Situation: State officials announce additional aerial spraying for EEE in Ashland and other critical and high risk communities

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is scheduled to begin aerial spraying this evening and will continue into next week, it has not been determined which night aerial spraying will occur in Ashland. MDAR will continue to update the spray map daily, or as spraying occurs. If we are alerted prior to spraying, that information will be provided as soon as possible.

Please see Spray Map below, you can also find a link to their website HERE

Spray Map 9-10-19 Opens in new window

Spray Map Legend 9-10-19

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s latest press release may be found here: https://www.mass.gov/news/state-officials-announce-additional-aerial-spraying-for-eee-in-critical-and-high-risk

 See the Updated EEE Risk Map below, or find the link HERE.

Risk - Map 9-10-2019

All residents throughout the Commonwealth should continue to use mosquito repellent and those in high and critical risk communities should consider staying indoors during the dusk to dawn hours to reduce exposure to mosquitoes. Residents can learn more about EEE and about ways to protect themselves on DPH’s website.

Because of the increase in risk level, the following protocol has been put in place: 

  • Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from September 9th – 15th dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:00 PM);
  • Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled/rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from September 9th – 15th dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:00 PM);
  • Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating after dusk (from September 9th – 15th dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:00 PM); and
  • The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from September 9th – 15th dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:00 PM).

The Department of Public Health urges people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:

    • Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them.
    • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.
    • Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.
    • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
    • Change the water in birdbaths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
    • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
    • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
    • More information on choosing and using repellents safely is included in the Mosquito Repellents fact sheet. You may also contact the Mass. Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 to request a hard copy.

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 

If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-8810100 x 7128.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts 

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-881-0100 x 7922 or the EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928.


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Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Statement #4 – ASHLAND RISK LEVEL REMAINS AT CRITICAL, TOWN-WIDE GROUND SPRAYING TO OCCUR THIS EVENING (09-09-2019)

Date: 09-09-19

Time: 5:30 PM

Situation: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) risk level for the Town of Ashland Remains at “Critical”. 

Risk - Map

(SEE LINK TO MAP HERE)

Central Mass Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) will be conducting Town-wide ground spraying this evening from 7:30 PM – 12:00 Midnight. There will be 5-6 truck-mounted sprayers being utilized to ensure completion tonight. No special precautions are necessary, but residents are asked to go inside after sunset and shut street facing windows if possible to allow a more thorough application. For further information see “Products We Use” on the Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project website. Ashland Public Schools have notified families that the school grounds will also be sprayed. Even after spraying it is critically important for residents to continue to be diligent and protect themselves from mosquito bites. Residents can learn more about EEE and about ways to protect themselves on DPH’s website.

Additionally, the School Department has informed students and their caregivers that, until further notice, all outdoor recess and physical education classes will take place inside, all school activities will end by 6:45 PM, and families are encouraged to provide their students with insect repellant and/or insect wipes, which they are responsible for applying.

The State Department of Public Health (DPH) has informed town officials that the Ashland resident that has been infected with EEE, likely was infected in Ashland before the aerial spraying occurred. However, DPH has also stressed that early September can be peak month for EEE cases. All residents throughout the Commonwealth should continue to use mosquito repellent and those in high and critical risk communities should consider staying indoors during the dusk to dawn hours to reduce exposure to mosquitoes.

Because of the "Critical" risk level, the following protocol has been put in place: 

  • Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from September 9th – 15th dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:00 PM);
  • Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled/rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from September 9th – 15th dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:00 PM);
  • Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating after dusk (from September 9th – 15th dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:00 PM); 
  • The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from September 9th – 15th dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:00 PM); and
  • The School Department has informed students and their caregivers that, until further notice, all physical education classes will take place inside, all school activities will end by 6:45 PM, and families are encouraged to provide their students with insect repellent and/or insect wipes, which they are responsible for applying.

Dusk - Dawn calendar

 

The latest press release from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health may be found here: https://www.mass.gov/news/state-public-health-officials-announce-two-new-confirmed-human-cases-of-eee

The Department of Public Health urges people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:
    • Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them.
    • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.
    • Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.
    • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
    • Change the water in birdbaths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
    • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
    • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
    • More information on choosing and using repellents safely is included in the Mosquito Repellents fact sheet. You may also contact the Mass. Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 to request a hard copy.

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 

If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-881-0100 x 7128.

 Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts .

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-881-0100 x 7922 or the EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928.

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Situational Awareness Statement #3 – EEE RISK LEVEL CHANGED TO CRITICAL

Date: 09-05-19

Time: 6:00 PM

RE: Risk Level Raised to “Critical”

 Situation:  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has raised the risk level for the Town of Ashland to “Critical”.

 EEE Risk map

(SEE LINK TO MAP HERE)

Because of the increase in risk level, the following protocol has been put in place: 

  • Outdoor events must be scheduled to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from September 1-9 dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:15 PM);

  • Any outdoor events on Town-owned property must be scheduled/rescheduled to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from September 1-9 dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:15 PM);

  • Food establishments are not allowed to utilize outdoor seating after dusk (from September 1-9 dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:15 PM); and

  • The Ashland Board of Health strongly recommends that residents avoid outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from September 1-9 dusk has been defined by the Town of Ashland as 7:15).

dusk dawn calendar

Town officials are advocating for and working with the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control District to implement additional protective measures as appropriate, including ground spraying of the entire Town or specific areas. 

For additional information and updates, including the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s press release raising Ashland’s risk level, please see https://www.ashlandmass.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=271 

The Department of Public Health urges people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:
    • Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them.
    • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.
    • Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.
    • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
    • Change the water in birdbaths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
    • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
    • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
    • More information on choosing and using repellents safely is included in the Mosquito Repellents fact sheet. If you do not have internet access, please contact the Mass. Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 for a hard copy.

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3 If you need assistance registering for Code Red please call the Board of Health Office at 508-8810100 x 7128.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts .

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf 

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-5881-0100 x 7922 or the EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928.

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Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Statement #2

Date: 09-03-19 

Time: 9:30 PM

 Re: Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Risk in Ashland

 Situation:

The Department of Public Health has indicated that Ashland is in a high risk area for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), which means there is an elevated risk of human infection in our area. In total, there are 29 communities now at critical risk, 39 at high risk, and 123 at moderate risk for the EEE virus in Massachusetts. There have been four confirmed human cases of EEE this year. 

Risk - Map

(SEE LINK TO MAP HERE)

The Board of Health held an emergency meeting on August 28, 2019 at which time protocols were discussed. Based on guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), it was determined that outdoor activities in the Town of Ashland will end prior to dusk (please see time chart below). This will include:

  • Rescheduling outdoor sporting events to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk (from September 3rd - September 9th dusk has been defined as 7:15 PM);
  • Rescheduling any outdoor event held on Town property to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk (from September 3rd  – September 9th  dusk has been defined as 7:15 PM);
  • Strongly recommending that food establishments do not utilize outdoor seating after dusk (from September 3rd – September 9th dusk has been defined as 7:15 PM); and
  • Strongly recommending residents to avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active (from September 3rd – September - 9th dusk has been defined as 7:15 PM).

Dusk - Dawn calendar

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources did complete an aerial spray throughout the Town of Ashland on August 27, 2019. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced today that aerial spraying has concluded for the season primarily due to evening temperatures being too low to permit effective aerial application. Spraying for mosquitoes does not eliminate the risk of EEE transmission and the public is asked to continue to follow personal protection practices.

Spray map

Legend

It remains critically important for people in communities at critical, high and moderate risk for EEE (Ashland is presently at High Risk) to continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites. These steps include using EPA-approved bug spray, wearing long sleeves and pants outdoors to reduce exposed skin, and rescheduling or cancelling outdoor activities in the hours from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

The Department of Public Health urges people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:
    • Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them.
    • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.
    • Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.
    • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
    • Change the water in birdbaths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
    • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
    • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
    • More information on choosing and using repellents safely is included in the Mosquito Repellents fact sheet. If you do not have internet access, please contact the Mass. Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 for a hard copy.

Stay Informed:

If you have not already signed up for the Town of Ashland’s Code Red (Reverse 9-1-1) notification system, please follow this link to sign up for alerts and notifications: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, additional information at: www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts .

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/qj/eee.pdf 

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA

For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 508-5881-0100 x 7922 or the EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928.

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Ashland Board of Health 

Situational Awareness Statement #1

Date: 08/28/19

Time: 5:00 PM

 Re: EEE risk in Ashland

 Situation:

The Department of Public Health has indicated that Ashland is in a high risk area for EEE, which means there is an elevated risk of human infection in our area. The Board of Health held an emergency meeting this morning to discuss protocols. It was determined that based on guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, outdoor activities in the Town of Ashland will end prior to dusk (please see time chart below). This includes: 

  • Rescheduling outdoor sporting events to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk, from August 28 - September 9, dusk has been defined as 7:15 PM;
  • Rescheduling any outdoor event held on Town property to ensure all Town property is cleared by dusk, from August 28 - September 9, dusk has been defined as 7:15 PM;
  • Strongly recommending that food establishments do not utilize outdoor seating after dusk, from August 28 - September 9, dusk has been defined as 7:15 PM; and,
  • Strongly recommending residents to avoid outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active, from August 28 - September 9, dusk has been defined as 7:15 PM.

 UPDATED 8/29/2019:Risk - Map

 

The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture did complete an aerial spray throughout the Town last night (8/27). This does not negate the need to take prevention measures. It remains critically important for people in communities at critical, high and moderate risk for EEE to continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites. These steps include using EPA-approved bug spray, wearing long sleeves and pants outdoors to reduce exposed skin, and rescheduling or cancelling outdoor activities in the hours from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture does not have immediate plans to conduct additional aerial sprays of this area. They have informed Town officials that they will reassess over the next two weeks. Any additional information will be provided as soon as it is received from the State.

 

Spray map

 

Legend

 

 Safety Precautions

It was determined that based guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that outdoor activities in the Town of Ashland will end prior to dusk (please see time chart below). Beginning August 28 through September 9, 2019, dusk has been defined as 7:15 PM. This includes:

  • Rescheduling outdoor sporting events to ensure that all fields are cleared by dusk;
  • Rescheduling any outdoor event held on town property to ensure all town property is cleared by dusk;
  • Strongly recommending that food establishments do not utilize outdoor seating after dusk; and
  • Strongly recommending residents to avoid outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Sept. Dusk Calendar

October Dusk Calendar


The Department of Public Health encourages people take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:  

  • Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 (3-[N-butyl-N-acetyl]-aminopropionic acid) or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-Menthane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions given on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.

Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:

  • Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them. 
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Change the water in birdbaths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
  • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
  • More information on choosing and using repellents safely is included in the MDPH Mosquito Repellents fact sheet..If you do not have internet access, please contact the MDPH at (617) 983-6800 for a hard copy.

Stay Informed: 

For additional information and updates, see https://www.ashlandmass.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=268

Sign up for the Town of Ashland’s reverse 9-1-1 notification system (Code Red): https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF74D35316B3

 We will also use this section of the website for information related to changes and cancellation of events, so please check back. The website is: https://www.ashlandmass.com/718/EEE---Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis 


We ask that you share this information broadly in an effort to inform as many people as possible. For further information, please call the Ashland Board of Health at 
508-532-7922 or the EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928.

Additional Online Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/eee-eastern-equine-encephalitis

FAQ's DPH: https://www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019#-frequently-asked-questions-

Town of Ashland Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA


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Please see the links below for important information regarding EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis):

www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019 (Includes latest spraying updates, links to maps of aerial spraying, fact sheets and FAQ's)

Direct Link to Middlesex/Worcester County Aerial Mosquito Spray Map

Department of Health and Human Services - Massachusetts Arbovirus Daily Update/Risk UpdatePress Release: State Officials Announce Plans to Conduct Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes in Sections of Worcester and Middlesex Counties (This link includes information regarding the product that was sprayed on August 27, 2019. “The pesticide used is called Anvil 10+10, a product extensively tested and used in both ground-level and aerial spraying in the U.S. to control mosquitoes. Anvil 10+10 contains two ingredients: Sumithrin and Piperonyl butoxid.  Sumithrin is an ingredient similar to the natural components of the chrysanthemum flower which is also found in other pesticide products used indoors, in pet shampoos, and tick control treatments. Sumithrin is rapidly inactivated and decomposes with exposure to light and air, with a half-life of less than one day in the air and on plants. In soil, it degrades rapidly. Sumithrin has proven to be extremely effective in killing mosquitoes worldwide for over 20 years. Piperonyl butoxide serves to increase the ability of Sumithrin to kill mosquitoes.  There are no health risks expected after spraying and there is no evidence that aerial spraying will exacerbate certain health conditions such as asthma or chemical sensitivity. No special precautions are recommended; however, residents can reduce exposure by staying indoors during spraying.")

Notice to Public Schools from Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis - Fact Sheet (Includes information about what EEE is, how it is spread, and precautions residents should take to prevent the spread of EEE)

For further information, Please call the Board of Health's EEE Hotline at 508-881-0100 x 7928.