The following was issued by the Town of Ashland.
ASHLAND – Today, September 5, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health notified Town Officials that an Ashland resident is the fifth confirmed human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
As a result, Massachusetts DPH has raised our risk level to “critical”.
At an emergency meeting last week, the Board of Health established a precautionary protocol for if and when our risk level was raised to critical. As part of that protocol, all outdoor activities on town-owned property are mandated to end at dusk.
Additionally, restaurants in Ashland are mandated to cease outdoor seating.
Even with the cooler weather, residents should remain vigilant in ensuring that they protect themselves from mosquito bites. Ashland and state officials are working with the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control District to determine if additional preventive measures are necessary and will be effective.
More information about EEE can be found at: https://www.ashlandmass.com/718/EEE—Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis