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Posted on: September 20, 2019

Andover EEE Risk Remains High-No additional positive tests- Information on mosquito control

Update - Friday, September 20, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The mosquito control district continues to sample its trap on Abbot Street weekly to check for EEE in the mosquito population there; no further positive tests have been found in Andover. 

While no additional EEE samples have been isolated in Andover, residents are reminded that there is an expectation that EEE remains an issue here. EEE has been isolated in other communities in the region, and there has been a human case in Essex County. To view the state-wide EEE Risk Map, click here: https://www.mass.gov/files/2019-09/Weekly_Risk_Levels_EEE_92019.jpg.

The risk of human transmission for EEE remains “high”, and residents should curtail outdoor activities after sundown. When outside during high mosquito activity, long sleeved shirts, long pants, and insect repellent should be used.

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View the Town of Andover EEE and Mosquito Control FAQs


Update - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The Town of Andover has been informed by the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District that portions of Andover will undergo truck-based mosquito spraying this week. 

Four truck-based adulticide mosquito sprayers will be deployed to Andover on Thursday, beginning at 7:15 p.m. and running until midnight. Spraying will be focused on the geographic center of the town. Click here to see the map of the area to be sprayed on Thursday, September 5th. 

The Town of Andover is part of the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District, a state agency that provides mosquito control activities to 36 communities in the region. The Town of Andover works collaboratively with the Mosquito Control District to identify response plans. The Northeast Mosquito Control District decides how to best deploy its resources to protect communities, including where spraying occurs in Andover.

The Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District offers the following tips for residents ahead of spraying:

  • Please keep pets and children indoors during the hours of the spray.
  • Please refrain from nightly walks on spray route during hours of scheduled spray activity.
  • Air conditioners left on are OK.
  • Close windows on the street side.
  • It is OK to re-open doors/windows and let pets out 15 minutes after spray is complete.

Andover remains at a "high" risk classification for the transmission of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the second highest risk rating.

The Town of Andover wishes to sincerely thank the Mosquito Control District for its hard work in protecting the community. Additional treatment areas will be considered by the district depending on weather conditions and test results in the region.

The Town of Andover and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health continue to recommend that residents curtail and limit their outdoor evening activities beginning at sundown. This advisory will be in effect until the first hard frost, and will be lifted after consultation with mosquito control and state health officials.

Messaging will also continue to be distributed via the town's CodeRED alert system.

Residents can view the Town of Andover's arbovirus response plan here. Residents are strongly encouraged to enroll in the town's CodeRED alert system and subscribe to updates from the town's website.

View the Town of Andover EEE and Mosquito Control FAQs

The Andover Health Division reminds residents of the following mosquito safety guidelines:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito hours. Consider cancelling or rescheduling planned outdoor evening events and activities. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellent.
  • Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites: Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks while outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply insect repellent if you do go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied directly to your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Drain standing water: Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools and change water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Install or repair window and door screens: Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Information about EEE and reports of current and historical EEE virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the EEE virus is a rare cause of brain infections or encephalitis. Very few human cases are reported across the U.S. each year, but EEE can be fatal or leave victims with serious complications and neurological problems.


Update - Friday, August 30, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Town of Andover’s risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) remains high. The Town of Andover has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document to help residents understand EEE as well as mosquito control efforts.

On Friday August 30, 2019, the Northeast Mosquito Control District’s tests for EEE positive mosquitoes for the Town of Andover came back negative, with no findings of EEE.  The traps were located on Abbot St., Yardley Rd., Westminster Rd., and Woodland Rd. There was one positive in the region, and that came from Methuen.

Despite mosquito traps not finding any additional cases of EEE, the town continues to advise residents that EEE is in the community and to continue to take recommended precautions. These precautions include wearing long sleeved shirts, long pants, and insect repellent when outdoors during times when mosquito activity is at its highest, typically after sunset.

The Town of Andover is requesting additional resources from the Northeast Mosquito Control District to continue their work in the community.

Recommendations for cancellation times for all out door activates remains in effect. All outdoor events in Andover should be concluded by 7:30 p.m. for the weeks of August 26 through September 7. The effective time will roll back as the time of sunset changes in the coming weeks.

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The outdoor activity restriction will be in effect until the first hard frost, and will be lifted after consultation with mosquito control and state health officials. Residents are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors during the day, and to use insect repellent when traveling in the woods for protection against both mosquito and tick bites.

The Town of Andover is part of the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District, a state agency that provides mosquito control activities to 36 communities in the region. The Town of Andover works collaboratively with the Mosquito Control District to identify response plans. Ultimately, the Northeast Mosquito Control District determines how to best deploy its resources to protect the community, including where spraying occurs in Andover. The Town remains in constant contact with the Mosquito Control District.

Residents can view the Town of Andover's arbovirus response plan here. Residents are strongly encouraged to enroll in the town's CodeRED alert system and subscribe to updates from the town's website.


View the Town of Andover EEE and Mosquito Control FAQs


Update - Monday, August 26, 2019- 3:00 PM

Director of Public Health Thomas Carbone, Police Chief and Emergency Management Director Patrick Keefe, Fire Chief Michael Mansfield and Town Manager Andrew Flanagan report that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has elevated the town's risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) from "moderate" to "high" on Monday afternoon in light of positive mosquito testing for the virus, as well as a positive EEE test in a horse in Methuen.

The Andover Health Division has also received reports of positive mosquito testing in Pelham, N.H. and Boxford.

The Town of Andover is part of the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District, a state agency that provides mosquito control activities to 36 communities in the region. The Town of Andover works collaboratively with the Mosquito Control District to identify response plans. Ultimately, the Northeast Mosquito Control District determines how to best deploy its resources to protect the community, including where spraying occurs in Andover. The Town remains in constant contact with the Mosquito Control District.

Based on this new designation from the state, the Town of Andover and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are advising residents to curtail and limit their outdoor evening activities beginning at sundown.

Effective immediately, all outdoor events in Andover should be concluded by 7:30 p.m. for the weeks of August 26 through September 7. The effective time will roll back as the time of sunset changes in the coming weeks.

EEE table

"We are concerned about the recent positive EEE tests in our region, including multiple positive mosquito testing in Andover, and while it is deeply unfortunate to ask residents to limit their outdoor activities during the final evenings of the summer, we take the threat of mosquito-borne illness seriously," Carbone said. "We are in constant contact with state officials from multiple agencies and are actively monitoring the situation for any changes."

The Andover Public Schools and Andover Youth Services will also be releasing information about any changes to sports, programming or other activities.

The outdoor activity restriction will be in effect until the first hard frost, and will be lifted after consultation with mosquito control and state health officials.

Messaging will also be distributed via the town's CodeRED alert system.

The Health Division was notified Friday that mosquito pools on Haggetts Pond Road near Gavin Circle and on Chatham Road tested positive for EEE. This was the second positive test for EEE this month among mosquitoes tested in Andover.

The Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District has deployed supplemental mosquito traps to the other areas. Mosquito spraying will take place on Monday between 8 p.m. and midnight as approved by the Andover Board of Health.

Click here to see a map of the area of West Andover that will be sprayed

Click here to see a map of the area around Chatham Road that will be sprayed.

Residents can view the Town of Andover's arbovirus response plan here. Residents are strongly encouraged to enroll in the town's CodeRED alert system and subscribe to updates from the town's website.

In light of the new high risk designation, the Andover Health Division has revised its important safety tips for residents:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito hours. Consider cancelling or rescheduling planned outdoor evening events and activities. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellent.
  • Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites: Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks while outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply insect repellent if you do go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied directly to your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Drain standing water: Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools and change water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Install or repair window and door screens: Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Information about EEE and reports of current and historical EEE virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the EEE virus is a rare cause of brain infections or encephalitis. Very few human cases are reported across the U.S. each year, but EEE can be fatal or leave victims with serious complications and neurological problems.

The Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District offers the following tips for residents ahead of spraying:

  • Please keep pets and children indoors during the hours of the spray.
  • Please refrain from nightly walks on spray route during hours of scheduled spray activity.
  • Air conditioners left on are OK.
  • Close windows on the street side.
  • It is OK to re-open doors/windows and let pets out 15 minutes after spray is complete.


Update - Friday, August 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The Andover Health Division was notified Friday that mosquito pools on Haggetts Pond Road near Gavin Circle and on Chatham Road tested positive for EEE. This is the second positive test for EEE this month among mosquitoes tested in Andover.

Additional testing on Abbot Street yielded a negative result. 

As a result of the most recent positive tests, the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District is deploying supplemental mosquito traps to the other areas this weekend. Mosquito spraying will take place on Monday between 8 p.m. and midnight. The spraying will be postponed to Tuesday night if there are weather problems.

Click here to see a map of the area of West Andover that will be sprayed. Click here to see a map of the area around Chatham Road that will be sprayed. Residents in the affected area will receive an additional Code Red alert via phone on Sunday.

"We're prepared to take aggressive steps to combat this issue, and have already planned for additional treatment in the areas identified," Health Director Carbone said. "We will work closely with our partners at Mosquito Control to ensure that this is addressed efficiently and effectively, but it's important for everyone to be aware of the risks and exercise caution throughout the remainder of the season." 

Residents can view the Town of Andover's arbovirus response plan here. Residents are strongly encouraged to enroll in the town's Code Red alert system and subscribe to updates from the town's website.

As always, the Andover Health Division urges all residents to read and follow these important safety tips:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Be aware of peak mosquito hours: The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during the evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellent.
  • Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites: Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks while outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply insect repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied directly to your skin. 
  • Information on mosquito repellent from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health can be found here.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Drain standing water: Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools and change water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Install or repair window and door screens: Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Information about EEE and reports of current and historical EEE virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the EEE virus is a rare cause of brain infections or encephalitis. Very few human cases are reported across the U.S. each year, but EEE can be fatal or leave victims with serious complications and neurological problems.

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