West Nile Virus & Eastern Equine Encephalitis Alert (Western MA)
West Nile Virus / Eastern Equine Encephalitis Alert! The risk level has gone up to critical (the highest) in Belchertown and high in Amherst. No human cases yet but 2 horses died in Belchertown last week, and mosquitoes in Amherst tested positive for EEE. Check out the Mass.gov risk assessment map for levels in your area. http://westnile.ashtonweb.com/index.asp
Even if you're not in a high-risk area be overly cautious to avoid mosquito bites - cover as much skin as possible, use an effective insect repellent and limit time outdoors between dusk and dawn. EEE has no treatment and a 50% fatality rate in humans.
EEE Fact Sheet: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/c...sheets/wnv.pdf