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NSMAD Weekly Report
October 3, 2019
The NSMAD Weekly Report for the week of September 21 – September 27, 2019, can be viewed by clicking here.
September 24, 2019
NSMAD Eastern Equine Encephalitis Statement 2019
With human cases occurring in Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina and Rhode Island, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been the dominant mosquito news the past few weeks. EEE is extremely rare, the most recent incidence in Illinois occurred in a horse in 2010. It has not been detected in Illinois at this time. However, human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV), the primary mosquito borne illness in this area, have occurred every year since 2002. Should the need develop, the improvements made in our lab earlier this year will allow us to test for EEE, as well as, additional vector-borne pathogens that may occur in the area.
Personal Protection Is the Best Defense
The same personal protection measures one would take to prevent WNV should be used to prevent EEE or any other mosquito-borne illness:
- Use an EPA approved repellent containing either DEET, IR3535, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
- Wear proper clothing
- Avoid being outdoors during the hours when mosquitoes are most active.
Personal protection measures are the most effective method of preventing an illness that is transmitted by mosquitoes or ticks.
For additional information regarding EEE, please visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis/index.html.
As we move towards the cooler temperatures that come with the fall season, mosquito activity will continue to decrease but tick activity will, once again, begin to increase. Personal protection measures are the primary defense against Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
September 19, 2019
From the Center for Public Integrity and the Weather Channel
July 15, 2019
If you’ve ever wondered about the science behind mosquito control, here is an article from Wing Beats, Summer 2019, with a look at one of the many studies the NSMAD has done on larval mosquito control in storm water catch basins.
April 9, 2019
The 2018 NSMAD Annual Report is now available, please click here to read or download the PDF.
February 12, 2019
NSMAD Five Year Plan 2019-2023 This five-year strategic plan covering the years 2019 – 2023 is intended to provide the residents that live within the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD), NSMAD employees and Trustees and other stakeholders with:
- A comprehensive statement of our mission and our focus areas for the future.
- A summary of the novel challenges facing the NSMAD that are likely to influence decision making over the next five years.
- A blueprint that outlines the NSMAD’s strategy for addressing each of our emerging challenges.
- A fiscal plan to help guide budgetary decision-making.