Summer Safety Guidance - July 2023

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Offers 
Summer Safety Guidance

June 12, 2023, Press Release 

Prevent Mosquito Bites

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV) are two mosquito-borne diseases that occur in Massachusetts. While there were no cases of EEE in Massachusetts last year, there were eight people with WNV. Mosquito surveillance is essential to monitor activity as the summer unfolds. DPH posts updates about activity throughout the season on the Massachusetts Arbovirus Update page.

While the risk for human infection of EEE or WNV won’t occur until mid to late summer, people have an important role to play in protecting themselves from these illnesses which can be very serious. To prepare for mosquito season: 

  • Drain standing water in and around your house or yard to prevent mosquito breeding. 
  • Repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home. 
  • Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient according to the directions. 
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks to reduce exposed skin when weather permits.

For more information about preventing mosquito and tickborne illness, visit DPH’s Mosquitoes and Ticks page