Derek Maxim, Chairman
Fran Lawrence, Clerk
Lori Desmarais, Public Health Nurse
346 Bedford Street
Lakeville, MA 02347
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8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Thursday
PAMPHLET ON PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM MOSQUITOES
To read the pamphlet on protecting yourself from mosquitoes, please click here.
MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ABROVIRUS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM REPORT
Key Public Risk Communication Messages for This Week:
Over the last two weeks MDPH reported 119 West Nile virus positive mosquito samples collected in Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester Counties. Due to continued expansion of WNV activity in mosquitoes, MDPH has raised the WNV risk level to moderate statewide. Please visit http://www.mosquitoresults.com/
for a complete listing of positive findings and updated risk maps. Cooler day and evening temperatures are likely to increase resident’s exposure to mosquitoes. Residents should be reminded that the majority of human cases occur in the months of August and September. With increasing detections of West Nile virus across the Commonwealth the likelihood of human infections increases as well. To date there have no detections of EEE in MA for 2018. MDPH will continue to conduct comprehensive surveillance activities to ensure early detections and notification. Above average precipitation events combined with average temperatures are likely to support increased mosquito populations. Residents are urged to take appropriate personal protection activities to reduce mosquito bites. Check your risk levels throughout the season by visiting www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito
Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now
• Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it
• Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient
• Use long sleeves to cover up when possible
• Repair screens
• Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations
Several 30 second PSA videos are available for download and use on your website to help promote prevention activities to your residents. These can be found at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks
NOTE: Zika virus continues to be spread in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, India, and Mexico. The mosquitoes that spread this disease are active during the day.
Travelers who are pregnant or part of a couple planning on becoming pregnant soon are advised not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. The most current information about locations at risk can be found here https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-information.
If residents choose to travel, prevent mosquito exposure by: using EPA registered mosquito repellents, cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, stay in places with screens and air-conditioning, or sleep under mosquito netting.
In order to avoid sexual transmission of Zika virus from a partner who has recently traveled to an area where Zika transmission is occurring, abstain from sexual contact or use condoms consistently and correctly during all sexual activity. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.
NOTICE FROM CDC REGARDING TICK AND MOSQUITO DISEASES
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PLYMOUTH COUNTY MOSQUITO NOTICE
Please click here to view a notice from Plymouth Mosquito regarding spraying requests.
BOARD OF HEALTH ADVISORY REGARDING HORSE MANURE FROM DOMESTIC ANIMALS
The Board of Health has issued an advisory regarding manure from domestic animals on public streets. To read the advisory, please click here.
BOARD OF HEALTH ADVISORY REGARDING RADIONUCLIDES
The Board of Health has issued an advisory regarding the presence of radionuclides being present in some wells in Lakeville. To read the advisory, please click here.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health has recently issued amendments (effective June 6, 2014) to the State Bathing Beach regulations (105 CMR 445) with respect to acceptable water quality criteria and posting requirements. Anyone wishing to review the State regulations and recent amendments may go to http://www.mass.gov/dph/beaches.
Previously in 2010 the Lakeville BOH had issued a press release at that time regarding revised beach permitting regulations (also State, that became effective in 2010) that required any semi-public bathing beach, as defined in 105 CMR 445, to apply to the local Health Department within the Town the beach is located in, to permit the beach. The local Board of Health is required to permit the beach and review operations, which includes explicit signage requirements in addition to weekly testing requirements and associated weekly postings and/or closures dependent upon the results of the testing.
To date, none of the semi-public (Association owned or controlled) beaches in Lakeville are permitted, in compliance with State regulations, nor can they be considered safe for swimming, and should be posted as such, by those in control of said semi-public beaches.
If you have any concerns regarding water quality and potential public health issues associated with a semi-public beach in Lakeville that you may utilize or have rights to, please have your association representative(s) contact the Lakeville Health Department at 508-946-3473 to ensure your beach is properly permitted under the State regulations, and tested accordingly, for the safety of all who may utilize said bathing beach.
Any questions may be directed to the Department of Public Health and/or the Lakeville Health Department and/or you may email Kevin Bernardo, Health Agent for Lakeville Board of Health, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Description of our Department
The Board of Health administers and co-ordinates public health programs and services, enforces State and Local Public Health Regulations and Sanitary Codes, including local regulations promulgated by the Lakeville Board of Health.
Our diverse responsibilities include, but are not limited to, subsurface sewage disposal system permitting and inspections, food establishment inspections and complaints, Chapter II housing inspections and complaints, beach water quality testing at all public and semi public beaches.
The Board of Health also administers the Septic Loan Program where financial help is available for homeowners needing to repair a failed septic system.
|Title V Inspection Application||Trench Permit Application||Percolation Test Application|
|Food Establishment Application|
|Subsurface Disposal Systems and Water||Trench Permit Regulations|
|Body Art Regulations||Swimming Pool Regulations||Noise Regulations|
|Well Water Analyses||
Prohibiting Smoking in Workplace &
Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine
|Septic System Inspection upon change in use||Surface Disposal System & Water Regulations|
|Food Recalls||Gross Alpha Policy (new wells)|
|State Well Guidelines|
|Warning on Pet Turtles||Mass in Motion Health Initiative||Information on MRSA|
|Leptospirosis in Dogs and People||Cold & Flu Manual - DPH|
|Information on Medication Disposal||West Nile Virus||Needle and Syringe Disposal|
|Clear Pond Results||Marijuana Regulations|