Mosquitoes bearing EEE found in Plympton

Janice Nickerson

Two mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis were found in Plympton on Monday, according to Daniel Daly of Plymouth County Mosquito Control.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported the findings to the Plympton Board of Health Tuesday morning.

"One of our project traps turned up two Malanura mosquitoes," said Daly. "I want to stress that the two insects discovered Monday in traps in Plympton are considered to be non-human biting, C. Malanura insects, and the first two infected insects in Plymouth County this season."

It is the seventh instance of the potentially deadly disease found in the state so far this year.

He said precautions should still be taken to reduce further spread of the disease.

On Tuesday, field work continued in Plympton by Plymouth County Mosquito Control. Daly said the mosquitoes range up to six miles from their breeding site, so offering the location of the traps where the infected mosquitoes were found could give residents "a false sense that they are target zero."

Residents are urged to avoid being outside during peak mosquito hours, from dusk to dawn, or wear protective clothing and use insect repellent containing DEET. Age parameters for use of DEET should be observed, particularly with infants and children under age 3.

Residents should also repair window screens and drain all standing water where the insects could breed, even small amounts of standing water attracts the insects.

Dead birds, particularly crows, blue jays and robins, are all possible indicators that West Nile Virus, also carried by infected mosquitoes is in the area.

Residents are urged to call 1-866-MASS WNV to report a dead bird.