Friday, 14 July 2017 13:58

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Maine CDC warns about mosquito bites

STATEWIDE - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes carry a number of diseases including Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile that are serious infections.


No cases were reported in the state last year but officials say that probably had more to do with the very dry conditions and the hard frost.


They stated the conditions have been much more favorable for mosquitoes this year. Dr. Siiri Bennett, State Epidemiologist said "This year we know the spring came early and it's been wet and mosquitoes like a lot of humidity and they also like warm temperatures so they'll be out above 50 degrees and especially if it's above 60 degrees they will be out and having a great time looking for a meal and so we anticipate we'll be seeing more mosquitoes over the next couple of months."


Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk.


Officials said you can protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and long pants, use an eEPA approved repellent on your skin and clothing and put screens on your doors and windows.


They also said you should empty all sources of standing water, including flower pots , bird baths, wading pools for children when they aren't being used.


The Maine CDC will begin testing for mosquito borne diseases next week and post results on their website.