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Mosquito-borne disease prevention

Learn simple steps to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites and the illnesses they cause.

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About mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can spread diseases that make you sick. In Massachusetts, mosquitoes can give you eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus or West Nile virus (WNV)

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Only a small number of mosquitoes are infected at any given time, so being bitten by a mosquito does not mean you will get sick. However, the best way to avoid both of these illnesses is to prevent mosquito bites.

Prevention tips

There are simple steps that you can take to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites, and the illnesses they can cause.

Protect yourself from illness by doing simple things:

  • Use insect repellents any time you are outdoors
  • Wear long-sleeved clothing
  • Schedule outdoor activities to avoid the hours from dusk to dawn during peak mosquito season
  • Repair damaged window and door screens
  • Remove standing water from the areas around your home

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Mosquito-borne disease fact sheets

Videos

This 3-minute video featuring State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown provides an overview of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and how you can protect yourself and your family from this mosquito-borne illness. Please feel free to share this video online and on your social media channels. 

Mosquito bites can you make you very sick. Take these simple steps to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites and the serious illnesses they can cause. Please feel free to share this video online and on your social media channels.

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