Mosquitoes Spraying Update 8/20/19: STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE PLANS TO CONDUCT SECOND ROUND OF AERIAL SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES IN SECTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS

 

BOSTON (August 20, 2019) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) today announced that as anticipated, a second round of aerial spraying for mosquitoes will take place in specific areas of southeastern Massachusetts. So far this year, 37 communities in Massachusetts have been found by DPH to be at either critical or high risk for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus.

MDAR conducted an initial round of aerial spraying during the overnight hours of August 8-11 in areas of southeastern Massachusetts, and a second round of spraying was expected to achieve maximal effectiveness.

MDAR will conduct and monitor aerial spraying in specific areas of Bristol and Plymouth counties which is anticipated to begin on Wednesday, August 21, and continue over several evenings. However, the ability to spray is weather dependent and the schedule may change. Residents are encouraged to visit the DPH website at www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019 for the latest updates on spraying in their communities.

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. The first two human cases of EEE in Massachusetts since 2013 were announced on August 10 and August 16, an indication of the current significant risk of EEE in the Commonwealth