Dear WPI Community:
Due to heightened concerns about the mosquito-borne illness Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the region, WPI is working with state and local public health officials to alert our community to the risk and ways to mitigate it.
The City of Worcester and other communities are conducting aerial spraying. Information about spraying schedules and targeted locations is available via the City at http://www.worcesterma.gov/announcements.
Although it is not necessary to take any special precautions during spraying, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health provides answers to a number of questions frequently asked about spraying: https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts#-frequently-asked-questions-about-mosquito-control-
Because spraying lessens risk but does not eliminate it, the City and DPH also recommend individuals take additional measures to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Of note:
- Limit exposure outdoors from dusk to dawn, when mosquitos are most active
- Use an appropriate mosquito repellent.
- Use fans to keep mosquitos at bay.
- Move outdoor events indoors whenever possible
- Use screens in windows to keep mosquitos out
WPI will continue to monitor the issue and is prepared to take additional measures to protect the community.
If you have questions, call WPI Facilities (508-831-5500) or WPI Health Services (508-831-5520).