Tufts University has been notified that a mosquito carrying West Nile Virus (WNV) has been identified in Medford. The first mosquito was detected in the Berkshires in late June and the virus typically reaches this area by late July. The peak season for WNV is August. The risk of being infected is low. On average, Massachusetts reports 6 WNV cases per year with 2000 cases in the US.
There are steps that all of us can take to reduce that risk:
Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn
Wear summer weight long sleeved shirts, long pants and socks
Use a mosquito repellent in accordance with label directions routinely on exposed skin during high activity hours of the day
Monitor your house and yard areas for places where there could be standing water and therefore mosquito breeding areas and dry them out. This includes tires, birdbaths, rotten trees and stumps and unused children’s toys or wading pools.
Check window and door screens to be sure there are no holes.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease and Awareness Month (NADAM) and Family Caregivers Month®
Scientists estimate that 95% of ALZ disease is caused by environmental exposures and not just old age. Read the article
Tufts University is many things to many people. For students, it is a place to learn, live, play, and eat. In short, a small town. Protecting the health of the residents of this small town is the role of Public Health.
Tufts Environmental Health and Safety is the public health department for Tufts and works with other departments, the cities of Medford and Somerville and the MA Department of Public Health to monitor certain infectious diseases, water quality, food quality, rodents and other pests, and air quality to ensure a healthful town of Tufts.