It may not be time to panic, but it is as good a time as any to be cautious.
On July 11, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a mosquito sample collected from Boston. Just days later, DPH announced detection of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in samples collected from Easton and New Bedford in Bristol County. Then, on July 31, DPH issued a “high-risk” warning for several southeastern towns in Plymouth and Bristol counties, where EEE was found in 92 samples—one-third of them capable of spreading the virus to people.
August is typically the peak of the season for threats of mosquito-borne viruses, with initial indications appearing in late June to early July. In 2019, there were 49 documented cases of human WNV infections acquired in Massachusetts and just one human EEE infection. Both viruses can be dangerous and even fatal for people of all ages, and people over 50 are particularly vulnerable to WNV.
To reduce risk of both, it is never too late to contact Mosquito Busters for professional treatment of your property. Otherwise, see our May blog post on what you can do to reduce the risks of mosquito-borne illnesses.