Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Advisory

To: All Students, faculty and staff
From:  Sheila Dorgan, Director of Student Health Services
Regarding: Mosquito-Borne Illnesses
Date: 8/25/2016

 

Welcome to Fall Semester 2016.  I hope it will be a happy and productive semester for you.

Many of us will be attending outdoor activities, or just walking this beautiful campus, and as a result might be bitten by mosquitoes.  I am writing to warn you of the threat of contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) from the bites of infected mosquitoes. These serious illnesses can cause high fevers, headaches, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), coma, seizures and death.

No mosquitoes infected with EEE have been found in Dartmouth yet this summer. Mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus, however, were found in Dartmouth several days ago. The current threat in Dartmouth is listed as moderate. This means that no outdoor evening activities need to be canceled, but you should take precautions to protect yourselves from mosquito bites.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors between dusk and dawn, as those are peak biting times for mosquitoes that carry West Nile and EEE
  • Wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply mosquito repellent when outdoors according to the manufacturer’s directions.

As part of their aggressive mosquito control campaign, Facilities already has had the grounds sprayed and treated standing water with larvicide.

If you have any questions, please contact me at sdorgan@umassd.edu

For more information go to: http://www.town.dartmouth.ma.us/board-health

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