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Massachusetts Public Health Officials Urge Caution To Prevent Mosquito Bites This Summer

June 7, 2024

With summer approaching, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is warning people to try to stay safe against mosquito bites.

Mosquitos in Massachusetts sometimes carry deadly viruses like Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus. Though cases typically start appearing later in the summer, the state’s public health agency is urging people to take the following precautions to prepare for mosquitos, according to a press release from the department:


  • 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.


Massachusetts had six confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus last year and none of Eastern equine encephalitis.


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