BOSTON – Following two confirmed human cases of EEE (the mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus) in different areas of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Health Commission plans to spray around the city to limit mosquito populations in local parks and neighborhoods.
Spraying is scheduled to take place on both Monday and Tuesday night of this week around 11:30 p.m. Officials ask that residents close their windows during and after the spraying in their neighborhood to avoid exposure to the formula that contains pesticide and sumithrin.
According to WCVB, Monday night the Public Health Commission will focus on Hyde Park and West Roxbury. On Tuesday they plan to venture to public areas and neighborhoods of East Boston.
The plans to spray for mosquitoes comes after warnings from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The department has advised the public and city officials that more than a dozen Massachusetts communities are at a very high risk for EEE, as indicated by several samples of area mosquitoes that were found to carry the virus.
Those communities include Dartmouth, Easton, Somerset, Taunton, Boston and Westport, among many more.
Several of those communities have also begun spraying as a precaution against EEE as theses latest two cases found in residents from Rochester and Grafton come after a six year absence of the deadly virus in the state. Approximately 30 percent of people who contract the virus will die, and ongoing neurological problems may persist in survivors.
Per the CDC, you can prevent EEE by avoiding mosquito bites. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, wear insect repellent, and control mosquitoes both indoors and outdoors.