EEE Updates: MDPH Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes in Sturbridge Completed

UPDATE: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has completed aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Sturbridge and surrounding area. (Updated: 9/19/19)
UPDATE: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced aerial spraying for mosquitoes for Sturbridge to begin Monday evening from 7pm - 4am. (Updated: 9/16/19)

Effective immediately, to ensure the public heath, all Town owned outdoor properties will be closed between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00am.  These closures will remain in effect until the Town issues an official notification that the health risk category has changed.

For all non-public spaces, it is strongly recommends that residents take precautions when outdoors and limit outside activities during common times and environments with mosquito activity, especially at dusk, dawn and in swampy and wooded areas.  

What You Can Do To Prepare:

What You Can Do To Prevent:

  • Wear mosquito repellent between dusk to dawn
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants from dusk to dawn
  • Use mosquito netting on baby carriages and playpens
  • Wear mosquito repellent when outdoors, especially between dusk & dawn
  • Avoid outside areas with obvious mosquito activity
  • Adjust outdoor activity to avoid mosquito hours (from dusk to dawn)
  • Avoid overnight camping, particularly near freshwater swamps where EEE activity is most likely


MA Aerial Spraying News Release (updated: 9/16/19)

EEE Prevention (updated: 9/16/19)

Aerial Mosquito Control FAQs (updated: 9/16/19)

WNV and EEE in Animals (updated: 9/16/19)

Massachusetts Public Health Map of EEE Risk Areas & Levels link to Eastern Equine Encephalitis information

Massachusetts Public Health Fact Sheet - Eastern Equine Encephalitis

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Mosquito Bite Prevention