Managing Risk from EEE
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been a major public health concern throughout Massachusetts this fall, but the worst of this crisis appears to be over. Incidence of EEE has waned as colder weather approaches, and every town in NVYSL is now classified as Low Risk. The only areas of the state remaining classified as Moderate Risk are Worcester, Boston, and Plymouth County.
NVYSL continues to monitor communications from health agencies, especially :
Despite the reduced threat assessment, all members of our NVYSL Community (Players, Coaches, Referees, and Spectators) should continue to reduce risk of exposure and bites from infected mosquitoes by considering the following :
(1) REPELLENT : apply insect repellent to exposed skin and to clothing during any outdoor activity.
(2) LONG CLOTHING : one of the most effective deterrents to mosquito bites is basic skin coverage, so consider wearing lightweight hooded sweatshirts and pants whenever it becomes clear that mosquitoes are active.
(3) TIMING : the hours around dusk and dawn bring the highest concentration of actively feeding mosquitoes, so teams can reduce their risk by concluding evening practices before 6PM.