While temperatures are dropping, possible risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) remains.  Although the Town of Dudley has not imposed a curfew on trick-or-treating or changed the times of the Halloween Spooktacular (Parade and Indoor/Outdoor Activities on October 24, 2019 between 5pm and 7pm), parents and guardians that choose to allow children to particicipate in such activities are strongly encouraged to take basic precautions against exposure to mosquitoes.

The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has identified several such precautions, including:

~Limit exposed skin by wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors.

~Wear an Effective Insect Repellent when Outdoors.  According to DPH, use a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient, such as DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), or oil of lemon eucalyptus {p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD} or IR3535).  Always, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use 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.

For more information about EEE, you can visit the DPH website at http://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts#-frequently-asked-questions-about-mosquito-control