The towns of Duxbury, Norwell, Marshfield, and Plymouth were recently put on ‘high’ risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis after it was confirmed that a Marshfield man in his 60′s has the potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness.
“But we’ve had no mosquitos in the town that have tested for EEE. We do not know where the person who has EEE got infected but he’s a resident of the Town of Marshfield,” says Marshfield Board of Health Chair Gerry Maher
Maher says last week and also this week the entire town was sprayed to reduce the number of mosquitos but he notes Marshfield schools were their main focus.
Marshfield, along with the other three towns whose risk level was increased, has cancelled outdoor activities from dusk until dawn.
Plymouth’s Health Director, Michelle Roberts, was recently quoted in a Patriot Ledger article saying “the ocean breeze keeps mosquitos away.” Maher believes that Marshfield and Plymouth are very similar waterfront communities.
“Would I personally be concerned about being outside after dusk? No, I would not but since we have a confirmed case, this is the reason we have the high risk category,” explains Maher
According to the Superintendent of Plymouth County Mosquito Control, there are no more planned sprays in Marshfield and spraying for the entire county will cease this Friday.