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Board of Health Advises Vigilance to Prevent Mosquito Bites
The virus that causes Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a severe neurological infection, has now been identified in mosquitos in a community abutting Longmeadow and in horses in another community in the Greater Springfield area. The Mass. Dept. of Public Health has today reclassified Longmeadow as at a moderate risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Thus far, there have not been any human cases of EEE in Longmeadow or in any other community in Hampden County.
Residents are strongly advised to follow the recommendations for personal protection and prevention of conditions that might create mosquito pools listed in the EEE/West Nile Prevention Link on the Board of Health webpage.
Neither aerial/truck-mounted pesticide spraying nor the application of l mosquito larvicide in storm drains has been recommended by the Mass. Department of Public Health at this time