Quincy officials are urging caution for residents after a local mosquito pool tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
According to the city’s website, the species in which the virus was detected primarily bites birds, but residents should remain vigilant.
Six additional mosquito pools, or groups of mosquitoes, have tested positive in Quincy for West Nile Virus this summer.
“We are not canceling or altering any evening events, people just need to take the regular precautions at dusk,” said Christopher Walker, spokesman for Mayor Thomas Koch.
Norfolk County has had only one human fatality from EEE this summer, occurring in Weymouth. The first human cases of West Nile Virus, which have not been fatal, have been reported from both Plymouth and Norfolk County.
Yet as long as people are using protection, including putting on mosquito repellent and wearing long sleeves, residents should go about their lives, Walker said.
“Even without a positive test, people should understand that these disease carrying mosquitoes are out there, not just in Quincy. Most people do when they are out in the summer and early fall,” he said.
According to the city website, mosquito populations are decreasing as the seasons shift, yet older mosquitoes are also more likely to carry the virus.
Cooler overnight temperatures also means mosquito activity will be concentrated during dusk and early evening hours.
Residents over 50-years-old, or with compromised immune systems, should be vigilant in protecting themselves.
Residents are also encouraged to drain any standing water, and to check water in birdbaths and outdoor pet water dishes twice a week to ensure they do not become mosquito breeding grounds.
Residents should also keep rain gutters clean of debris, and check outdoor children’s toys for water accumulation.
For more information on West Nile Virus, click here.
For more information on EEE, click here.