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Gloucester Health Dept: Hard-Freeze Confirmation Mosquito Borne Illness Threat Virtually Eliminated

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According to the National Weather Service, all areas of Massachusetts (EXCEPT Suffolk
County and the Cape and Islands) and including Gloucester, experienced a hard frost/hard freeze
on Friday night, October 12-13. A copy of the map can be found at the following website:
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/images/hardFreezeWeb.jpg
While individual mosquitoes may have survived in isolated sheltered areas, the risk of mosquitoborne
illness should be virtually eliminated at this time in areas where the hard frost occurred.
Given the reduced risk of mosquito-borne illness, programs may resume scheduling
outdoor activities between the hours of 5 pm and 8 am. However, we advise that people
continue to take certain precautions when going outdoors. This includes applying insect repellant
and wearing clothing such as long sleeves, long pants and socks.
Please contact Max Schenk, Manager of Environmental Health Services at the Gloucester Health
Department, at 978-282-8025, or by email at mschenk@gloucester-ma.gov if you have any
further questions.