POLL: Are You Concerned About EEE This Summer?
The mosquito-borne illness has been detected in mosquito pools in Canton and Easton so far. Will it make it to Westwood?
Mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) were found closer to Westwood this week.
The most recent detection of the mosquito-borne illness was found in a pool of mosquitoes in Canton on Thursday, though Sharon Public Health Nurse Sheila Miller said risk levels have remain unchanged in the area.
The disease was first detected in Easton last week, prompting officials to raise the area's threat of mosquito-borne illness from “moderate” to “high.”
As such, state officials announced Tuesday that aerial spraying will occur in Easton and 10 other towns after more EEE positive mosquitoes were found on the Easton/Raynham line. Middleboro, Norton, Plympton, Raynham, Taunton, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater, Halifax and Lakeville will all receive the treatment.
While EEE has not been detected in Westwood, Health Director Linda Shea is still advising residents to remain vigilant in protecting themselves against mosquito bites by taking into consideration some general safety tips.
What do you, as Westwood residents, think about the detection of EEE this summer? Do you feel it's more prevalent than in past years? Are you concerned that it will make its way into Westwood? Let us know in today's poll and submit your thoughts in the comments section below.