That mosquito bite may kill you this summer

mosquito03Remember last year, when new cases of West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis were driving everyone inside at sunset and we didn’t have a single nighttime football game until the frost hit?

Maybe it’s a little more vivid for me since, at the time, I had a map on the board of my home office so I could tell, at a glance, which of the CentralMassNews towns had threat levels set to high (which, by late September, was all of them) while I was posting the inevitable Thursday afternoon update on West Nile/EEE cases in the state. A Westborough man died from EEE, bringing the fear just a little closer to home.

In Grafton, we don’t spray, test or take other measures against the insects — that was voted down at last October’s Town Meeting — so how do you protect yourself against mosquitoes? Sam Telford, III, an infectious disease expert and professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, will answer commonly asked questions about mosquito-borne illness at a lecture Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Agnes Varis Auditorum on the Tufts campus. Joined by Grafton Health Agent Lois Luniewicz, Telford will take questions from the audience and cover a range of issues, including the types of mosquitoes that carry disease, times of year that pose higher risks and best approaches to mosquito control.

The event is free and open to the public.

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