EEE / WNV (Eastern Equine Encephalitis/ West Nile Virus)

2016 Information

The Town of Plaistow has a plan in place to address this public health threat, which includes disease surveillance (mosquito testing) and public education on personal protection and property maintenance.

The Town of Plaistow Arboviral Illness Surveillance, Prevention and Response Plan can be viewed at the link below.

Please see the documents below on how to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

Residents are asked to dispose of a dead bird as follows:

  1. Avoid barehanded contact with the bird by using gloves or double plastic bags.
  2. Place the bird in a double plastic bag.
  3. Dispose of the bird by placing it in a garbage receptacle for pick-up or by burying it.

Preventing Mosquito Breeding Opportunities

By reducing exposure to mosquitoes around the home, and by eliminating mosquito breeding grounds, residents can greatly reduce the risk of West Nile Virus exposure. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, and weeds, overgrown grass and bushes provide an outdoor home for mosquitoes that are associated with West Nile Virus.

The following steps should be taken to reduce opportunities for mosquito breeding:

  • Drain, cover or fill areas that can potentially accumulate water. Puddles or ditches that collect standing water for several days are areas where mosquitoes can develop.
  • Remove any old tires from the property.
  • Check roof gutters to be sure they drain properly. Remove any debris and clean clogged gutters as needed to eliminate standing water.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers, ceramic pots, metal cans, plastic containers, or similar water-holding containers that are left outside.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and hot tubs. If they are not used for the season, then keep covered or empty. If covered, be sure the cover does not collect standing water. If vacationing, contact your pool supply company for tips on maintaining the quality of your pool water.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if allowed to stagnate.
  • Keep wheelbarrows and wagons turned upside-down.
  • Change water in birdbaths at least twice a week.
  • Empty kiddie pools and wading pools and keep turned over when not in use.

Personal Protective Measures:

The following personal protective measures should be used from June to October, when mosquitoes are most active:

  • If outside during the evening, nighttime and dawn hours, or at any time mosquitoes are actively biting, children and adults should wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks.
  • Consider the use of an effective insect repellant. Repellants containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-methyl-meta-toluamide) have been proven effective. For children and adults use 30% or less DEET.
  • Do not use DEET on infants less than 2 months old.
  • Always use DEET according to manufacturer's directions.
  • Do not allow young children to apply DEET themselves.
  • Do not apply DEET directly to children. Apply to your own hands and then put it on the child.
  • Avoid prolonged or excessive use of DEET. Use sparingly to cover exposed skin and clothing.
  • Wash all treated skin and clothing after returning indoors.
  • Store DEET out of reach of children.
  • Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace all screens that have tears or holes.
  • Cover baby strollers and playpens with mosquito netting for added protection.

Click on the links or documents below for updated information on Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV)! Questions for dog, cat and horse owners regarding EEE can also be found in the documents below.

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