ALERT: Most people have now heard about the "mystery virus" spreading across the nation however, this virus is no mystery, it is enterovirus D68 (EV-68). There are over 100 types of enteroviruses which cause about 10 - 15 million infections in the US each year. These infections are especially common in the summer and fall. The best protection against enteroviruses of any kind is frequent hand washing with soap and water. In addition, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands and sharing cups or utensils with sick people. Frequent disinfection of surfaces is also recommended. If you or your child is suffering from severe respiratory illness, seek medical assistance. For more information on enterovirus D68 please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html
Summer is winding down and Fall is fast approaching. Residents should still be mindful of the threat posed by ticks and mosquitoes.
West Nile Virus and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) have been identified in mosquitoes in Massachusetts. With the recent rain and heat, mosquito populations are expected to increase. Please use personal protection when enjoying outdoor activities. To reduce exposure to mosquitoes, wear long sleeves, long pants and an effective insect repellent. For more information please visit:
www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito. For information on the safe use of repellents please read: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/mosquito-repellents.pdf
Lyme and other tick borne diseases are a constant outdoor worry in New England. Protect yourself by wearing effective tick repellents and full coverage clothing while outdoors. When returning home conduct a tick-check as ticks can ride-in on clothing and animals. For more information please visit:
FLU SEASON will soon be upon us! Get your flu shot as soon as possible. Local medical practices and pharmacies have vaccine now! Remember that it takes about two weeks to build immunity. The Beverly Health Department will offer free flu vaccine in October. Keep a watch out for the date and time.
Upcoming Board Meetings ** All Board Meetings are held at 90 Colon Street, 7:30am unless otherwise noted**
September 25, 2014
October 23, 2014
November 12, 2014 (Wednesday)
December 18, 2014
(1) Mercury Recovery Program
Beverly Health Department Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
*** Closed Holidays ***
If you have any questions, complaints or concerns, please call the Health Department office at (978) 921-8591.
Beverly Health Department • 90 Colon Street • Beverly, MA 01915 • Phone: (978) 921-8591 • Fax: (978) 922-5695