The University of Massachusetts is working closely with campus partners, the Massachusetts Department Public Health (MDPH) and the Town Amherst regarding mosquito activity, surveillance and the appropriate response. The Amherst risk level of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or “Triple E) has been raised to moderate (on a scale of low, moderate, high and critical) due to activity in surrounding areas, West Nile Virus (WNV) risk remains at a low risk level.
The best way to avoid EEE is to prevent mosquito bites. Strategies include using insect repellant; wearing long sleeves and pants, especially between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, and getting rid of mosquito-breeding sites by emptying standing water.
Additional Information about WNV and EEE, can be found on the MDPH website at https://www.mass.gov/mosquito-borne-diseases
Staff and Students from Environmental Health and Safety participated in the U-Fest activities during 2019 Move-In Weekend. Representatives from EH&S Fire Safety, Emergency Management and UMass Emergency Medical Services spent the afternoon welcoming students and offering information for living, working and learning on campus.
Fire Safety staff provided live fire extinguisher training to over 100 students. Emergency Management interactived with many students, discussing UMass Amherst Emergency Alerts and giving out more than 1,100 T-shirts. UMass EMS, the student run EMS Agency on campus, provided information and offered future training on subjects like CPR and First Aid to their peers.
Judy LaDuc, UMass Amherst Biological Safety Officer with Environmental Health and Safety has been appointed to serve as a Council Member on the New England Biosafety Association (NEBSA).
The NEBSA is a professional organization, which aims to promote knowledge of biological safety and to support those working in the field of biosafety. NEBSA provides local educational and networking opportunities in the New England region for those with an interest in biological safety. Formed in 1996, NEBSA is an affiliate of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA).