Mosquito & Tick
Helpful Information and Prevention
On August 12, 2020, the Chelsea Board of Health issued a press release regarding the Increased Risk of Mosquito-Borne Illnesses in Chelsea. Mosquitoes can spread diseases that make you sick. In Massachusetts, mosquitoes can give you eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus or West Nile virus (WNV).
Only a small number of mosquitoes are infected at any given time, so being bitten by a mosquito does not mean you will get sick. However, the best way to avoid both of these illnesses is to prevent mosquito bites.
There are simple steps that you can take to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites, and the illnesses they can cause.
Protect yourself from illness by doing simple things:
- Use insect repellents any time you are outdoors
- Wear long-sleeved clothing
- Schedule outdoor activities to avoid the hours from dusk to dawn during peak mosquito season
- Repair damaged window and door screens
- Remove standing water from the areas around your home
Learn more about this on Mass.gov.
You can view fact sheets on Mass.gov about various tick-borne diseases:
- Lyme Disease
- Anaplasmosis (HGA)
- Borrelia miyamotoi
- Powassan virus
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Find prevention tips on Mass.gov.