RI to conduct aerial spraying amid high risk of mosquito-borne viruses

RI to conduct aerial spraying amid high risk of mosquito-borne viruses


BEST INTEREST OF THE CITY.” (MM) NOW TO THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS … ON THE FIGHT AGAINST MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. (HE) THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS A 5-YEAR-OLD SUDBURY GIRL IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION TONIGHT AFTER CONTRACTING TRIPLE-E. (MM) HEALTH OFFICIALS HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE THIS EVENING TO DISCUSS HER CASE—- AND WHAT OTHERS CAN DO TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. “EEE is an equal opportunity disease. It can really strike anyone of any age. Again this is a disease that can strike people of all ages. So far what we had seen this year had been older individuals. But you know this is just a reminder that everyone of any age should really take this disease seriously.” (MM) ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION — THE TRIPLE-E VIRUS IS A RARE BUT SERIOUS CAUSE OF BRAIN INFECTIONS AND OTHER NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEM. THERE ARE VERY FEW HUMAN CASES EACH YEAR BUT IT CAN BE FATAL. WE FIRST REPORTED TWO WEEKS AGO — WHEN A FAIRHAVEN WOMAN DIED FROM THE VIRUS. (HE) IN RHODE ISLAND — THE HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENTS ANNOUNCED TODAY THE STATE WILL BEGIN AERIAL MOSQUITO SPRAYING SUNDAY EVENING. THE SPRAYING WILL TAKE PLACE IN LOCATIONS THAT ARE IN CRITICAL RISK OF TRIPLE E. (MM) AND SEVERAL SOUTHEAST MASS COMMUNITIES OPTED TO MOVE THEIR FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAMES UP EARLIER — TO AVOID PEAK MOSQUITO TIMES — FROM DUSK TO DAWN. GAMES THAT WOULD NORMALLY START AROUND SIX OR SEVEN — STARTED AT FOUR INSTEAD. (HE) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER SHIINA LOSCIUTO SPOKE WITH A FORMER TAUNTON FOOTBALL COACH WHO IS APPLAUDING THE TIME CHANGE. SHE JOINS US NOW FROM PROVIDENCE WITH MORE ON HOW THE TWO STATES ARE WORKING TOGETHER. SHIINA? WE JUST GOT AN UPDATE FROM BOTH HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENAL EXPERTS HERE IN RHODE ISLAND, THEY SAY THEY’RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR NEIGHBORS IN TIP THAT THEY RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE, USE BUG SPRAY THAT HAS DEET IN IT. THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IS CALLING IT A DIFFICULT SITUATION. SO FAR IN RHODE ISLAND, OFFICIALS KNOW ABOUT ONE HUMAN CASE OF TRIPLE E, AND ONE IN A HORSE… THE DEM SAYS OFFICIALS HAVE DETECTED IT IN MOSQUITOS IN BOTH CENTRALL FALLS AND WESTERLY. “we work collaborately across the borders, it’s particularly important in this instance. If there is a population right on our border, we want to protect our border. “we are working with the school department as I have said before, to make sure that they are doing smart scheduling, which is avoiding scheduling of extra curricular activities later on in the day.” A STEP- SOME SCHOOLS IN SOUTH EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN. THE FOOTBALL GAME AT TAUNTON HIGH SCHOOL STARTED TWO HOURS EARLIER AS HEALTH OFFICIALS URGE THE PUBLIC TO AVOID BEING OUTSIDE AT SUNRISE OR SUNSET. SO INSTEAD OF STARTING AT 6, STUDENTS AND ATHLETES WERE ON THEIR WAY HOME AROUND THEN. PETER HIGINS WAS A COACH FOR YEARS, AND IS STILL INVOLVED IN YOUTH SPORTS. HE SAYS THE SCHOOL MADE THE RIGHT CALL, AS MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESSES POSE A SERIOUS RISK- FOR BOTH PLAYERS- AND THEIR FANS. “everybody has kind of had to move their schedule up, cauz the number one factor is safety here with the kids.” I HAVE A FACT SHEET HERE, FROM THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. THEY WANT TO REMIND YOU, MOSQUITOS CAN BEGIN TO MULTIPLY IN ANY PUDDLE OR STANDING WATER THAT’S BEEN THERE FOR FOUR DAYS. SO THEY RECOMMEND JUST CHECKING AROUND YOUR HOUSE AND DUMPING OUT ANY CONTAINERS OF WATER THAT MAY BE THERE RIGHT NOW. IN PROVIDENCE, SL EWN. EWN. NOW. IN PROVIDENCE, SL THAT MAY BE THERE RIGHT CONTAINERS OF WATER DUMPING OUT ANY YOUR HOUSE AND JUST CHECKING AROUND YOUR HOUSE AND DUMPING OUT ANY CONTAINERS OF WATER THAT MAY BE THERE RIGHT NOW. IN PROVIDENCE,

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