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On August 7, 2017, the Mass. Dept. of Public Health notified the Longmeadow Board of Health that the West Nile Disease Risk Level for Longmeadow has been raised to “Moderate”. This action was taken as a common sense precaution in light of the positive West Nile test results for mosquitos trapped in several nearby cities/towns in Hampden County, including two samples from East Longmeadow.
There have beenno cases of West Nile Virus in humans anywhere in Massachusetts thus far this year.
Given this elevation of risk level, the Board of Health reiterates its strong recommendation to residents regarding the employment of personal and environmental prevention measures in regard to exposure to mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus. These recommendations are very important for residents of all age groups but especially for individuals 50 years of age or older who are at a higher risk of complications from West Nile Disease.
Kindly employ the following personal prevention measures:
The outdoor areas of your home also need attention to ensure that there are no accumulations of stagnant water that could serve as breeding locations for mosquitos. Specific actions recommended include:
1. Clearing gutters of debris to allow unobstructed flow of water
2. Remove excess items in yards such as tires and items that hold water. Empty flower pots,
3. Refresh bird bath water at least twice/week.
4. Repair any screening that is not intact
Kindly consult the following link from the Mass. Dept. of Public Health website for more detailed guidance on West Nile Virus Disease and prevention measures
The Board of Health will update Town residents if there is any change in the risk level for our Town, if additional prevention measures are recommended for residents , and if any other mosquito control measures will be taken by the Town.