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Residents Reminded to Be Vigilant about Protecting Themselves from Mosquitoes

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has urged all Massachusetts residents to continue to take personal precautions to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV). These include using insect repellent, covering exposed skin when outside, and avoiding outdoor activities between the hours of dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are at their most active

The recommendations come following the DPH's announcement on Friday, September 7,2012 of four additional human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in Massachusetts residents, one of which has resulted in a death, along with the detection of heightened WNV-positive mosquito activity in several areas of the state.

Health officials have also confirmed the diagnosis of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a horse and completed the case investigation of a Worcester County resident who died of EEE earlier in August. Based on these results, DPH has raised the WNV and EEE threat level designations in every Massachusetts city and town to "Moderate"unless already designated at a higher level, and reminds residents everywhere to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites.

Learn more about how you can protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne illnesses by visiting the Massachusetts DPH website.

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