The following information has been provided by the Town of Wellesley:
Wellesley’s current risk level (as of 9/10/19) is low for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) regularly updates the risk level for WNV and EEE for all communities in the state. Several factors are a part of determining the level of risk assigned to a community. These include whether mosquitoes in that community have tested positive for a mosquito-borne disease, and whether there have been any reported animal or human cases of WNV or EEE this season.
To check the risk level, here is the map MDPH regularly updates that indicates the risk level in Wellesley. If you click below each map, you’ll see there is a chart that indicates the corresponding recommended behavior for that risk level.
To find out if mosquitoes in Wellesley are carrying diseases, the Town, as a part of the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project, regularly traps and tests mosquitoes in the area for a variety of mosquito-borne diseases including both WNV and EEE. Thus far this season, NO mosquitoes with WNV or EEE have been found in Wellesley. The Town does not anticipate EEE to be found in Wellesley mosquitoes. The type of environment where EEE mosquitoes are typically found – white cedar and large red maple swamps – is not common in Wellesley so the risk of EEE in our Town remains low.
To protect Wellesley residents from mosquito-borne diseases, early in the season, EMMCP treats catch basins in the area to
prevent mosquitoes in the larval stage from developing. Through EMMCP mosquito traps, the type and volume of mosquitoes are monitored throughout the season and tested for diseases. Additionally, the Health Department uses a variety of methods to reach the general public and specific populations with messages about personal prevention such as using mosquito repellent and avoiding outdoor activity during peak mosquito hours.
Wellesley does not plan to conduct truck spraying for mosquitoes at this time, however, a portion of the Town is in the planned aerial spray area defined by State officials on Sept. 10, 2019, and will be sprayed at night during the hours of 7:15 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. in the next five to six days.
MA Dept. of Public Health 24-hour hotline: 617-983-6800
First, thoughts and prayers to anyone who saw me running shirtless on Saturday morning. But really, I had a good excuse.
I got up before 6am to log an 11-mile run, part of my training for a half marathon in October. I would have preferred to get up a little later considering I’m up before sunrise most week days, but this was a special day: Our youngest child was heading off to college for his freshman year, and he wanted to get going by 8:30am. So rise early I did.
Once I got going I didn’t mind. The run would give me a chance to finalize in my head some words of wisdom to torture my son with on our drive to his college drop-off.
I also congratulated myself for remembering to use insect repellent, anticipating that bugs would be on the attack on this humid morning. Indeed, I pretty much held off the deer flies, mosquitoes and other biting pests.
But then a little past the 8-mile mark near Babson College’s new athletics and recreation facility, I felt a sharp pain near my left shoulder, on my upper arm. I suspected an insect had snuck under my sweaty shirt and was going to town on me. I whacked the spot a couple of times and then realized I was hitting something hard. What the heck?
I pulled off to the side (something I try never to do on my runs) and discovered the source of my pain: a fishing lure set with 2 treble hooks.
I really didn’t think I’d ever outdo this past winter’s flying shovel running incident (Groundbreaking Wellesley story: Flying shovel hit me while I was running). But I think this qualifies.
This is no fish story
I still don’t know how the lure clung to me. My first thought was that it must have been hanging from a tree that I brushed against. Or maybe less dramatically, we had one in our house that got mixed up in the laundry.
However it got there, it got me. As I struggled to dislodge it from my shirt and myself, the hooks dug in. The next thing I knew, a fellow runner (I regrettably failed to get her name) saw me struggling and asked if I needed help.
Self-described as “not mechanical at all,” and confirming that she was “far from being a doctor,” the woman went to work, apologizing if she ripped my shirt. Struggling to free the lure, she tentatively asked if I’d take my shirt off, to give her a better angle at the barbs. Unfortunately, one of her pulls extricated a hook from my shirt and into one of her fingers. After she freed herself from the hook, she tried a bit longer to help me and then suggested I might want to go to the doctor.
Instead, I wrapped the shirt around my left humerus like a tourniquet and ran as fast as I could for the last 3 miles. That consisted of a route mainly on the Sudbury Aqueduct, past the dump and back to my starting spot near Wellesley College.
I arrived home just at 8:30am, apologizing to Mrs. Swellesley and Swellesley Jr., for my late arrival (and being reminded of the time I got stuck on the Charles River without a paddle on an inflatable raft when I was supposed to be getting home for my niece or nephew’s christening…).
And oh yeah, can you help me get this fish hook out of my arm?
My son, a former camp counselor with some basic medical training, switched from final packing mode to surgery mode. We headed to the downstairs bathroom, where the lighting is ER-quality. Mrs. Swellesley sterilized instruments and Swellesley Jr. cut my shirt off. After 5-10 minutes, he plucked the lure from my arm with little blood or screaming from either of us.
The affair provided one last boost of confidence to my son upon heading to college. “At least I’ve got a conversation starter,” he said, knowing he’s sure to be in for a week full of ice-breakers.
Glad I could help.
Wander the gardens, enjoy live music, and stroll through Mass Horticultural Society’s 5th annual Arts on the Green at The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, Thursday, August 15th, 5 – 7:30 pm. This event is free to the public.
Visitors will wander the gardens and enjoy live music. activities, and refreshments. Support local artists showcasing and selling their work throughout the grounds.
Bring a picnic, chairs, or blanket to enjoy the evening in the gardens. Food, ice cream, wine, beer, and other beverages will be for sale. What’s Goin’ On will entertain with live jazz and blues, featuring singer Russell Watts.
Rain Date: August 22, 5 – 7:30pm.