Op-Ed: Massachusetts’ EEE Crisis – Reaching Out to Bedford’s Legislators

The Bedford Board of Health is reaching out in response to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) crisis. To date, twelve cases of EEE have been identified in Massachusetts, including a 5-year-old from Sudbury, and three deaths have been linked to EEE.

Town of Bedford Cancels All Outdoor Activities between Dusk and Dawn, until Further Notice

As you are certainly aware through news reports and Town of Bedford announcements, the threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or Triple E) is increasing throughout Massachusetts and our nearby towns. EEE infected mosquitoes have been identified in Bedford (from a trap location on Winterberry Way) and Burlington. While the Town of Bedford has worked diligently to execute our mosquito control program this year, the strongest method for preventing mosquito bites from potentially infected mosquitoes is to avoid being outdoors during their peak biting times. As such, in consultation with the Bedford Board of Health, the Bedford Public Schools and Bedford Recreation Department are canceling outdoor activities that occur between dusk and dawn until further notice. This includes school- and community-sponsored athletic events, practices, and all other organized activities scheduled to take place out of doors.