NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College field hockey game against MIT scheduled for Tuesday, October 8 at 7 p.m. has been moved to a 4 p.m. start.
The change was made in conjunction with the college's continued precaution around the threat of EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) disease in Norton. EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. The first four human cases of EEE in Massachusetts since 2013 were recently announced, an indication of the current significant risk of EEE in Massachusetts.
The college is working with the Norton Board of Health, the MA Department of Public Health, and the Bristol County Mosquito Control Board on a triad approach to spraying: aerial spraying by the MA DPH, truck-based ground spraying by the Town, and additional fogging by the College to address the increased risk.
Although the spraying activity is considered necessary to reduce human risk, it will not eliminate it. It remains critically important for residents to continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites by staying indoors during peak mosquito hours, applying insect repellent when outdoors, draining standing water where mosquitoes breed and repairing screens in doors and windows. Residents should also take steps to protect their domestic animals from mosquito bites.
Everyone is encouraged to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and socks when outdoors. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), such as Deep Woods OFF, according to the instructions given on the product label.