Despite falling temperatures, mosquito-borne virus threat remains


(HE) CONCERNS CONTINUE OVER EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS, KNOWN AS TRIPLE-E — IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. (MM) THE VIRUS RECENTLY CLAIMED THE LIVES OF A FAIRHAVEN WOMAN AND A PERSON IN WEST WARWICK. SEVERAL FRIDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES HAVE BEEN MOVED BEFORE DUSK– AND ARE SET TO START BEGINNING AT FOUR P-M TOMMORROW. (HE) SCHOOLS IN WARWICK– JOHNSTON– WESTERLY– BARRINGTON– AND NORTH PROVIDENCE — ARE JUST SOME PLAYING BEFORE DUSK FRIDAY–TO CUT DOWN ON THE MOSQUITO RISK. AND IT’S NOT JUST THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND THAT IS TAKING PRECAUTIONS AGAINST TRIPLE E. (MM) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER KAIT WALSH IS LIVE IN LAKEVILLE– WITH WHAT MASSACHUSETTS OFFICIALS ARE DOING AS WELL. KAIT? WE’RE LIVE OUTSIDE THE LAKEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY – WHERE GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER HELD A PRIVATE MEETING WITH STATE SCIENTISTS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TO GET AN UPDATE ON WHAT THE STATE IS DOING TO COMBAT TRIPLE-E. AFTER THAT MEETING – THEY THEN BRIEFED THE MEDIA – SO WE COULD GET THEIR MESSAGE OUT TO YOU – THE PUBLIC. THE KEY POINT THEY WANTED TO REITERATE IS THAT THE THREAT FOR MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES IS STILL JUST AS HIGH AS IT WAS IN THE SUMMER MONTHS – AND THAT PEOPLE NEED TO FOLLOW THE ADVICE TO WEAR LONG SLEEVES, LONG PANTS, USE BUG SPRAY, AND STAY INDOORS BETWEEN DUSK AND DAWN. WITH THE RAIN WE HAD THIS MORNING – IT’S IMPORTANT TO CHECK BUCKETS OR SURFACES IN YOUR YARD FOR ANY STANDING WATER THAT COULD BE A BREEDING GROUND FOR MOSQUITOES. GOVERNOR BAKER SAID THE AERIAL SPRAYING IN AUGUST HASN’T BEEN A REACTIVE MEASURE TO REPORTS OF HUMAN AND ANIMAL CASES OF TRIPLE- E. HE SAID THEY’VE BEEN PROACTIVE BY TRAPPING HUNDREDS OF MOSQUITOES SINCE THIS PAST SPRING – AND SEEING WHICH COMMUNITIES HAVE HAD EVIDENCE OF THE DISEASE. WE LEARNED THAT THE THREAT OF TRIPLE-E COMES IN CYCLES – AND THIS YEAR – IT’S BEING SEEN IN MORE PARTS OF MASSACHUSETTS THAN JUST PLYMOUTH AND BRISTOL COUNTIES. “This starts with mosquitoes that don’t bite people biting birds. Then those birds get bitten by mosquitoes that bite people and transmit the disease to those mosqutioes which then in turn bite us.”BUTTED TO @ “As we start planning for this activity in the spring, we’re going to eed to start planning for a much broader geographic radius than the one we’ve been planning historically.” LAKEVILLE IS ONE OF 35 COMMUNITIES DEEMED TO BE A CRITICAL RISK OF TRIPLE-E – THE HIGHEST RISK. HEALTH OFFICIALS TOLD ME TRIPLE-E WAS ACTUALLY FIRST DETECTED BACK IN THE 1930S HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS – AND THIS REGION IS HIT HARDEST DUE TO ITS SWAMPS AND GEOGRAPHY ATTRACTIVE TO MOSQUITOES. YOU’LL HEAR FROM THOSE HEALTH OFFICIALS NEW AT 6 TONIGHT. LIVE IN LAKEVILLE, I’M KAIT GET ACCESS TO YOUR INFORMATION. (CG) FIRST AT 5:30 — AS THE THREAT OF EEE AND WEST NILE VIRUS REMAINS — THE D-E-M HAS A MESSAGE FOR DEER HUNTERS. (MM) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEVE NIELSEN JOINS US IN STUDIO WITH THE DETAILS. (SN) THE TYPICAL ADVICE FROM OFFICIALS … STAY INDOORS IF YOU CAN. BUT THAT’S NOT POSSIBLE FOR ONE GROUP OF RHODE ISLANDERS STARTING SATURDAY. CONCERNS ARE GROWING ACROSS RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTH EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS DURING THIS ACTIVE MOSQUITO SEASON… NOW SATURDAY… THOUSANDS OF RHODE ISLANDERS WILL BE SPENDING TIME OUTSIDE… MANY DURING DAWN AND DUSK WHEN THE MOSQUITOS TEND TO BE OUT MORE. THAT’S BECAUSE THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGMENT SAYS DEER HUNTING SEASON BEGINS. THE D-E-M PUTTING OUT A NOTICE TO ALL LICENESED DEER HUNTERS IN THE STATE TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE WEARING BUG SPRAY AND AND LONG SLEEVES WHEN THEY HUNT TO LIMIT EXPOSURE. ALSO… TWO DEER HAVE TESTED POSTIVE FOR TRIPLE -E IN RHODE ISLAND THIS MONTH. BECAUSE OF THAT THE D-E-M WANTS HUNTERS TO BE CAUTIOUS WHEN FIELD DRESSING GAME… AND NOT TO CONSUME ANY ANIMAL THAT APPEARS UNHEALTHY. THIS ALL COMES JUST DAYS AFTER SEVERAL RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITIES RECIEVED AERIAL SPRAYING TO KILL MUCH OF THE MOSQUITO POPULATION. “THE MORE THAT WE CAN KILL ADULT MOSQUITOES THAT ARE FLYING AROUND, THE BETTER WE CAN PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH.” BUT OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE STILL MOSQUITOES OUT THERE UNTIL THE FIRST FROST — TYPICALLY WEEKS AWAY. (SN) WE’LL HAVE MUCH MROE ON ARIAL SPRAYING AND WHERE THIS TRIPLE – E SITUATION STANDS TONIGHT FOR OUR SPECIAL BROADCAST ON TRIPLE CONCERNS AT 6:30 ON FOX EYEWITNESS NEWS. (HE) THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS NOW — ON THE RISK OF MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES HERE IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. (MM) EVEN THOUGH ITS MID SEPTEMBER — MOSQUITOES AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE— ANYTIME SOON. AND THAT’S PROMPTING CHANGES TO OUTDOOR ACTIVIES — SEVERAL OF TOMORROW’S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES—- *WON’T* BE PLAYED UNDER FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS — INSTEAD —–THEY’VE BEEN MOVED TO LATE AFTERNOON. OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE CANCELING *ALL* OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES — KING PHILIP REGIONAL IS THE LATEST, ANNOUNCING IT —JUST IN THE LAST HOUR. (HE) MEANWHILE GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER WAS IN SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS THIS AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS THE MOSQUITO THREAT — EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER KAIT WALSH IS LIVE IN LAKEVILLE WITH THAT. WE’RE LIVE OUTSIDE THE LAKEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY – WHERE GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER HELD A PRIVATE MEETING WITH STATE SCIENTISTS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TO GET AN UPDATE ON WHAT THE STATE IS DOING TO COMBAT TRIPLE-E. AFTER THAT MEETING – THEY THEN BRIEFED THE MEDIA – SO WE COULD GET THEIR MESSAGE OUT TO YOU – THE PUBLIC. THE KEY POINT THEY WANTED TO REITERATE IS THAT THE THREAT FOR MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES IS STILL JUST AS HIGH AS IT WAS IN THE SUMMER MONTHS – AND THAT PEOPLE NEED TO FOLLOW THE ADVICE TO WEAR LONG SLEEVES, LONG PANTS, USE BUG SPRAY, AND STAY INDOORS BETWEEN DUSK AND DAWN. WITH THE RAIN WE HAD THIS MORNING – IT’S IMPORTANT TO CHECK BUCKETS OR SURFACES IN YOUR YARD FOR ANY STANDING WATER THAT COULD BE A BREEDING GROUND FOR MOSQUITOES. GOVERNOR BAKER SAID THE AERIAL SPRAYING IN AUGUST HASN’T BEEN A REACTIVE MEASURE TO REPORTS OF HUMAN AND ANIMAL CASES OF TRIPLE- E. HE SAID THEY’VE BEEN PROACTIVE BY TRAPPING HUNDREDS OF MOSQUITOES SINCE THIS PAST SPRING – AND SEEING WHICH COMMUNITIES HAVE HAD EVIDENCE OF THE DISEASE. WE LEARNED THAT THE THREAT OF TRIPLE-E COMES IN CYCLES – AND THIS YEAR – IT’S BEING SEEN IN MORE PARTS OF MASSACHUSETTS THAN JUST PLYMOUTH AND BRISTOL COUNTIES. “This starts with mosquitoes that don’t bite people biting birds. Then those birds get bitten by mosquitoes that bite people and transmit the disease to those mosqutioes which then in turn bite us.”BUTTED TO @ “As we start planning for this activity in the spring, we’re going to eed to start planning for a much broader geographic radius than the one we’ve been broader geographic radius to start planning for a much the spring, we’re going to eed start planning for this activity in us.”BUTTED TO @ “As we which then in turn bite disease to those mosqutioes people and transmit the bitten by mosquitoes that bite birds. Then those birds get that don’t bite people biting “This starts with mosquitoes BRISTOL COUNTIES. JUST PLYMOUTH AND MASSACHUSETTS THAN SEEN IN MORE PARTS OF THIS YEAR – IT’S BEING SEEN IN MORE PARTS OF MASSACHUSETTS THAN SEEN IN MORE PARTS OF THIS YEAR – IT’S BEING COMES IN CYCLES – AND THREAT OF TRIPLE-E WE LEARNED THAT THE THE DISEASE. HAVE HAD EVIDENCE OF WHICH COMMUNITIES PAST SPRING – AND SEEING MOSQUITOES SINCE THIS PAST SPRING – AND SEEING WHICH COMMUNITIES HAVE HAD EVIDENCE OF THE DISEASE. WE LEARNED THAT THE THREAT OF TRIPLE-E COMES IN CYCLES – AND THIS YEAR – IT’S BEING SEEN IN MORE PARTS OF MASSACHUSETTS THAN JUST PLYMOUTH AND BRISTOL COUNTIES. “This starts with mosquitoes that don’t bite people biting birds. Then those birds get bitten by mosquitoes that bite people and transmit the disease to those mosqutioes which then in turn bite us.”BUTTED TO @ “As we start planning for this activity in the spring, we’re going to eed to start planning for a much broader geographic radius than the one we’ve been planning historically.” LAKEVILLE IS ONE OF 35 COMMUNITIES DEEMED TO BE A CRITICAL RISK OF TRIPLE-E – THE HIGHEST RISK. HEALTH OFFICIALS TOLD ME TRIPLE-E WAS ACTUALLY FIRST DETECTED BACK IN THE 1930S HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS – AND THIS REGION IS HIT HARDEST DUE TO ITS SWAMPS AND GEOGRAPHY ATTRACTIVE TO MOSQUITOES. YOU’LL HEAR FROM THOSE HEALTH OFFICIALS NEW AT 6 TONIGHT. LIVE IN LAKEVILLE, I’M KAIT

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