A Halifax resident in his 90s was the second Plymouth County resident to contract the rare and often deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus last week. His family has told The Express that he is recovering.
Additional positive EEE mosquito samples have been identified in Middleborough..
Middleborough and Carver are already designated as critical risk for EEE.
The Massachusetts Department. of Public Health has raised the EEE risk level in Halifax to “Critical” (a map showing risk levels is available at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-arbovirus-update). Therefore, the Halifax Board of Health advises that there be no activities from dusk (approximately 20 minutes after sunset) to dawn (approximately 20 minutes before sunrise) at the following locations:
• Vaughn Field (540 Plymouth Street) • HOPS Playground (480 Plymouth Street • Playing Fields behind the Elementary School (464 Plymouth Street) • Holmes Street Playground (129 Holmes Street) • Holmes Street Beach and Boat Ramp (40 Holmes Street) • Summit Street Soccer Fields (75 Summit Street) • Lingan Street Beach at 5th Avenue
The BOH further advises all residents and visitors to refrain from other outside activities from dusk to dawn. Every resident should continue to take precautions from being bitten and check their properties to ensure that equipment, supplies, etc. do not have stagnant water, perfect for mosquito breeding grounds.
For more information, please contact the Halifax Board of Health at 781-293-6768