Public Health Announcement: Nighttime Activities Should be Curtailed to Help Prevent Mosquito-Borne Illness

August 14, 2013

The Town of Amherst has been identified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to be at “high” risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a rare viral infection that is dangerous and often fatal to humans and spread by mosquitoes that are most active from dusk to dawn.

While there have been no human cases reported in the state for EEE this year, two horses in neighboring Belchertown have died from the disease during the past week and mosquitoes caught in Amherst have tested positive for the virus.