Meeting to take place 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
No human cases found in town.
Despite aerial spraying, Norton has tested positive for mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. Leon Dumont of the Norton Board of Health has confirmed that two mosquito pools tested positive for the virus in the northeast corner of Norton near the Easton town line. They were the types of mosquitoes that bite birds. While the first round of spraying killed off approximately 60 percent of mosquitoes in the area, nearby towns such as Easton still found mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis. At this time local health officials haven’t received the results on how successful the second spraying was. They should have results by Monday. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
After finding more positive mosquito pools, the state is conducting another round of aerial spraying in six area towns.
Updated Aug. 10: State officials have announced that spraying will take place from 7:45 p.m. Monday until 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Aerial spraying is heavily dependent on weather conditions, and spraying can be postponed up to the last minute. For updates visit the Department of Public Health website. Due to EEE found in the area, the state is stepping into action. The Department of Public Health announced plans for another round of aerial spraying in Norton and five other towns. Additionally, the risk for EEE has been raised from "Moderate" to "High" in town. Spraying occurred previously in 21 towns, including Norton, during the weekend of July 21 and 22. This time, the Department of Public Health said spraying will begin "as soon as possible…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Even with the success of the recent aerial spraying, officials urge residents, regardless of location, to continue taking personal precautions to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced in a release that the aerial spraying conducted the weekend of July 20-22 reduced the mosquito population by approximately 60 percent within the 21-community spray zone in Southeastern Massachusetts. Norton was among the towns sprayed, along with Easton, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Raynham and Taunton. Mammal-biting mosquitoes have recently tested positive for EEE in both Easton and Canton. No mosquitoes have tested positive for EEE in Norton. While the risk level for mosquito-borne illness in Easton and Canton is “high,” the risk level in Norton remains "moderate," according to the DPH. Even with the success of the recent aerial spraying, the DPH cautions …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Easton sees more Eastern Equine Encephalitis mosquitoes.
More Eastern Equine Encephalitis mosquitoes have been found in the area, leading to aerial spraying in Norton and surrounding towns as soon as possible. More EEE-positive mammal-biting mosquitoes have been found in Easton, and health officials are urging residents to take precautions when outside from dawn to dusk. The mosquitoes came from the Raynham and Taunton side of Easton, the same site as those in which Eastern Equine Encephalitis was detected recently. Easton was among the first to get EEE-positive mosquitoes in Massachusetts this year. News of those first mosquitoes was announced last Wednesday. There have been no human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) or EEE so far this year. In addition to Norton, the state will spray in …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The deadly disease, carried by mosquitoes, was detected in Easton this week
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Wednesday in a statement that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts for the first time this year. Though Norton has not tested positive for the disease, four were found in Easton, raising the area's threat of mosquito-borne illness from “moderate” to “high.” Norton remains at a "moderate" level. The DPH said two of the four positive mosquitoes were a "mammal-biting" kind of mosquito, which is cause for particular concern. "Bristol County Mosquito Control has been doing ground spraying and will continue to do so," said Norton health agent Leon Dumont. "At this time we are not asking people to reschedule outdoor activities," he said. "If …