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September 10, 2019 12:00 PM

Fitchburg EEE and WNV information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2019
FURTHER INFORMATION: Stephen D. Curry, Director of Public Health (978) 829-1870
Fitchburg, MA -Recently the media has alerted to the presence of mosquitos carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). Several towns in Worcester County are among those where these viruses have been identified however the City of Fitchburg remains a low risk community according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Arbovirus Surveillance Report.

“Residents should be reminded that just because Fitchburg is considered a low risk community for EEE and WNV, residents should still protect themselves from mosquitos and ticks,” according to Stephen D. Curry, Director of Public Health for the City of Fitchburg.

At this time of year, it is important to establish good mosquito avoidance habits now:

• Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it
• Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient
• Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations
• Use long sleeves to covers up when possible
• Repair screens

Several 30 second PSA videos are available for download to promote prevention activities. These can be found at www.mass.gov/mosquitosandticks or on the City of Fitchburg Health Department webpage at http://www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us/211/Health-Department

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