Harvard Soccer organizers are looking to adjust practice schedules going forward to better align with the recommendations below. Parents will be notified of any schedule changes as soon as possible.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) confirmed Monday that there has been a third case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a Massachusetts resident. Based on this report, the threat level has been raised to "high" in many area towns and "critical" in Athol, Orange and Royalston.
EEE is a virus spread by infected mosquitoes. The first symptoms are high fever (over 103°), stiff neck, headache and lack of energy. These symptoms can show up three to 10 days after a bite from an infected mosquito.
The town of Harvard is not part of the Massachusetts Mosquito Control Program, which includes testing of mosquitoes. People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. MDPH recommends the following measures to help protect you and your family:
* Be aware of peak mosquito hours -- dusk to dawn
* Apply insect repellent when outdoors. MDPH recommends a repellent that contains DEET. See the MDPH website for more specific information.
* Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks outdoors to keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
For information about EEE, visit the Harvard Board of Health website at www.harvard.ma.us/Pages/HarvardMA_BComm/BOH/index.
Coaches are encouraged to bring extra bug spray for their players (for use with parents' permission).