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Mosquito info from Vt. Dept. of Health


 

Information to Share with Parents about Protecting Kids from Mosquito-Borne Illness from the Vermont Dept. of Health

 

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Information for Residents of Communities at MODERATE RISK

For Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

 

This year, EEE and West Nile virus has been detected in a number of mosquito pools (batches) collected in this area of the state. Mosquitoes may continue to be active and biting well into the fall, and risk for illness will continue until the first few hard frosts – when temperatures fall below 28 degrees for several hours.

 

Children are at greater risk for serious illness from EEE than from West Nile virus. The Vermont Department of Health is urging residents to take actions to prevent mosquito bites. As a parent, you can help your family to:

 

·        Use mosquito repellent when outdoors – including at sports practices.

·        Limit time outside from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active and biting.

·        If you are outdoors during these hours, it’s best to wear long sleeves and long pants, socks and shoes, hat and head net as well as using mosquito repellent.

·        Cover baby carriages and outdoor play spaces with mosquito netting.

·        Repair window and door screens in your home.

·        Dump standing water twice a week.

·        Arrange neighborhood cleanups to get rid of mosquito breeding sites.

 

For more information and other precautions to take –

visit the Health Department’s website at www.healthvermont.gov

or call the EEE Information Line at 800-913-1139 (toll-free in Vermont)

 

 

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