Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Learn about Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes & Ticks in Lexington

This summer, the Town of Lexington Office of Community Development, Health Division will be
providing free educational presentations on vector-borne diseases in Massachusetts. A vector-borne disease is a disease that is spread by the bite of a host such as a mosquito or tick. Vector-borne diseases to be aware of in Massachusetts are:
  • West Nile Virus (certain species of mosquito)
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis (certain species of mosquito)
  • Lyme disease (deer ticks).

During the summer months, we spend more time outdoors and run the risk of being bitten by disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks. Certain species of mosquito carry West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The primary carriers of the bacterium that causes Lyme disease are deer ticks.
Please join us at one of the presentations listed below to learn about the diseases carried by
mosquitoes and ticks and ways to protect yourself and your family.

  • Thursday, August 8 from 11 AM – 12 PM at Vynebrooke Village located at 1 Vynebrooke Village
  • Tuesday, August 20 from 10:30 – 11:30 PM at Katahdin Woods Apartments located at Community Room, 1 Katahdin Drive
  • Thursday, September 26 from 10 – 11 AM at Senior Center located at 1605 Massachusetts Ave

For more information or to receive a free tick identification card please contact Health Director Gerard Cody at 781-862-0500 x 237. Removing brush and yard debris,   keeping your grass cut short, and creating a barrier of wood chips or mulch between   your yard and woodlands are all ways to help maintain a tick-free yard. You can find additional information at Center for Disease Control or Mass. Dept. of Public Health

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