State health officials announce fourth case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts

State health officials announce fourth case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts

Boston — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the fourth human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year. The person is a woman in her 50s from Middlesex County who was never hospitalized for her illness. Three other cases were reported on Friday.

Investigations conducted by state public health officials indicate that at least two of the four cases were exposed in the greater Boston area leading them to raise the risk level from moderate to high for 11 communities in the area. Those communities are Arlington, Boston, Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Newton, Somerville, and Watertown.

“Several individuals from the same area have developed West Nile virus,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “That means that there is an increased risk in this specific area and that additional people could become infected. We are particularly concerned about people over 50 and those who are immunocompromised as they are the ones most likely to develop WNV disease.”

On August 21, DPH raised the risk level for West Nile virus from low to moderate in every Massachusetts city and town. It was only the second time since WNV was first detected in the Commonwealth in 2000 that public health officials have raised the risk level statewide.

For those 11 communities now at high-risk, DPH recommends that local health officials intensify messaging to raise awareness and promote personal protective behaviors, target outreach to high-risk populations, and increase surveillance for human disease.

People at high risk for severe illness are encouraged to consider avoiding outdoor activity at dusk and dawn. Local boards of health should continue to work directly with their Mosquito Control District to determine appropriate control measures.

“It is extremely important for people to take steps to avoid mosquito bites, including using repellents, wearing clothing to reduce exposed skin, dumping standing water, and moving indoors when you notice mosquitoes biting you,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown.

In 2017, there were 6 human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts.

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

People can take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)], or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wear long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals

Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling (617) 626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling (617) 983-6800.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at (617) 983-6800.

Selectmen publicly call for Senator Warren to retract her statement labeling our country’s entire criminal justice system as racist

Last night at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Chairman Sullivan, speaking on behalf of the selectmen present at the meeting, publicly called for Senator Warren to retract her statement that labeled our country’s entire criminal justice system as racist and today, a statement on a national news program from Chief Wojnar, representing the MA Chiefs of Police Association rebuked the comments as well.

In 2015, the BOS committed their position to a resolution in support of local and national law enforcement officers. There are some issues that require us to speak-up.

Senator Warren, our community supports police officers and all public safety officials that are asked to do an impossible job on a daily basis. We have the ability to call-out those that do the wrong thing as individuals. Demonizing an entire system is lazy and on it’s face, discriminatory and small-minded. As elected officials, it is not what we stand for-
http://www.telegram.com/news/20180812/police-chiefs-headed-by-dudleys-wojnar-blast-sen-warren-for-remark-on-racist-criminal-justice-system

 

Rail Trail Update – One More Stage to Go!

For 13 years, Ken Butkiewicz (A Dudley Resident and Volunteer) has been on a mission.

To build one of the greatest assets in the Town of Dudley whereby residents and visitors could walk the old abandoned rail lines in Dudley soaking up the beauty and tranquility that Dudley has to offer. Hundreds of people have walked the trail – often just called the “Dudley Rail Trail.” –  but few know the struggle and sweat that was put into its creation.

There have been no parades… No self aggrandizement… Just Results…. from  a simple man just trying to make a difference.

Within that time frame, the West Dudley. Quinebaug River Bikeway and Trailway has been constructed. A Trail that begins on Mill Road and meanders through the forest  and farmland of West Dudley. Crossing over West Dudley Road, the trail then takes you on a beautiful walk next to the historic Quinebaug River into Southbridge.

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Quinebaug River Bikeway and Rail Trail

Now, Ken is in the final stages of trying to complete the massive undertaking.
The Completion of the New Boston – Perryville Section of the trail.

Most Pictures Below of the ongoing work were taken 5-11-2018

New Boston Road Rail trail

New Boston Road Rail Trail

For 13 years, Ken has petitioned Legislative Reps for funding and their support.  They have always been supportive and the project would never have progressed to its final stages without that support.  We are deeply appreciative of the past support.

The final phase of the project which involves ripping up the final rails, grading the trail and most importantly, the engineering and reconstruction of the French River Bridge by Schofield Avenue will be the toughest.

Ken has put in a request for the final $60,000 to the State for FY19.  Without that money… the project will not be completed.

To be Continued….

CEMETERY SPRING CLEAN-UP

The Town of Dudley will be starting Spring Cleanup at all Town Cemeteries on April 23rd.

Please remove all flowers and decorations by April 23rd.  Flowers and decorations will be allowed after May 14th.

National Grid Outage Map and Estimated Restore Times

https://www.nationalgridus.com/MA-Home/Storms-Outages/Outage-Map
Dudley 818 Customers without Power

9:30AM Update: Winter is getting old, we know. Many have lost power, and we know how frustrating that can be. Rest assured we have hundreds of crews on the ground in New England to help get you through this latest storm. We’re currently working to assess damage and will be updating estimated restoration times as they become available. In the wake of this latest storm, we urge customers to put safety first. Consider all downed wires to be energized and dangerous, as they may be in contact with energized electric wires that are not within your view. To report downed electric wires, please call us: 1-800-465-1212 or your local emergency response organization.

Business Spotlight: Pro Automotive

Winter is coming fast… is your car ready?

Pro Automotive provides quality auto repairs to drivers from Dudley,Webster, Oxford and surrounding towns.   As a staff, they have more than 65 combined years of experience. Pro Automotive opened their doors in 2013, and they have and continue to support the Town of Dudley’s Website through paid advertising.

All repairs are performed by ASE-certified technicians. Well respected, they hope to serve this community for many years to come. Stop in and say hi to owner Jason Rousseau and the entire staff, Anthony, David and Ron!

Located at 199 Oxford Ave in Dudley, MA.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8AM- 5PM | Saturday 8AM – Noon | Sunday Closed.
To Request an Appointment call: (508) 461-6591
Visit their website at: proautomotivema.com

Bring Your Car to Pro Automotive For:

  • Tire services including computer spin balancing,
  • TPMS service and adjustments, flat tire repairs, and tire rotations
  • Quality repair services including brake repairs
  • 4 wheel alignments, steering and suspension system repairs
  • Transmission repairs
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Exhaust systems
  • 24month/24,000 mile warranty on all repairs
  • or extend that warranty to 36months/36,000 miles when you use your NAPA Easy Pay card

Pro Automotive Lobby

Free Coffee, TV, and Wi-Fi in our clean, comfortable waiting room

  • Vehicle Pick up and drop off
  • Loaner car available upon request
  • Free local shuttle upon request
  • Early Bird/Night Owl Drop Off

Schedule your appointments on line at proautomotivema.com and sign up for our service center where you have access to all your repair history Along with your loyalty points and the digital inspections we take on every vehicle we service.

Our website features a self diagnostic center where you can input information about your vehicle and get a general idea of what may be wrong.

Visit the Self Diagnostic Center now.