PVPC discusses mosquito-borne illnesses

For the Gazette
Published: 7/6/2016 10:13:04 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Local officials and medical professionals will hold a briefing at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss safety measures against mosquito-borne illnesses, a major concern for this time of year.

The briefing will be held at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s (PVPC) facility at 60 Congress St. in Springfield in conjunction with their affiliate, the Hampden County Health Coalition (HCHC). On the docket for discussion this year are the risks of West Nile Virus, Easter Equine Encephalitis (commonly referred to as “Triple E”), and a more recent addition, the Zika virus.

“Certainly Zika’s new,” said PVPC spokesman Patrick Beaudry, adding that its inclusion in the briefing is mainly to warn travellers of the potential risks. The event, he said, is to “remind folks of the precautions they can be taking” to avoid infection.

HCHC officials will meet beforehand to decide what recommendations they will give to the public. The panel will be led by Dr. Catherine M. Brown, deputy state epidemiologist and state public health veterinarian, and Jeanne Galloway, West Springfield’s director of public health.


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