Massachusetts Department of Public Health lowers requirements for aerial mosquito spraying – The Boston Globe

An expert panel — convened ­after the state was criticized for not proactively spraying mosquito-­killing pesticides last summer — concluded that Eastern equine encephalitis is an annual risk for Massachusetts residents. The findings led the state Department of Public Health to ­announce this week that it will lower the threshold for considering when to spray and will research new spraying tactics to target disease-bearing mosquitoes.

Last summer, two cases of Eastern equine encephalitis were contracted in Southeastern Massachusetts, one of them fatal.

via Massachusetts Department of Public Health lowers requirements for aerial mosquito spraying – The Boston Globe.

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