Important Water Carnival updates: new schedule and safety info

IMPORTANT—please read this entire email for your safety.

The Lake Boon Water Carnival Weekend and the rest of the season are affected by two environmental threats: mosquitoes carrying EEE and potentially toxic algae in the lake.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus-carrying mosquitoes have been reported in our area. EEE is a rare but very serious disease that requires precautions to minimize exposure. if you are out Friday evening for Lighting of the Lake and watching the Music Boat, take precautions to minimize your, your friends’ and your family’s exposure. Regrettably we are also cancelling the beach fire to reduce exposure. State recommended precautions are listed at the bottom of this email.

Potential cyanobacteria
The contracted Nashoba Boards of Health has observed algae potentially containing cyanobacteria at the town beach and at the dam and therefore the Stow Board of Health has continued to keep the Stow Pine Bluffs Town Beach closed. The Board of Health indicates that this potential hazard applies to the entire lake. Pets must be kept out of the water and especially not allowed to drink it. Cyanobacteria could be lethal to them.

Saturday all events will be held up on the athletic field starting with field events at 10:30 am.
No water-contact events including canoe races will be held. We will have an extended magician show, grilled lunch for sale, new water activities using well water and games. Kids may want to bring towels; adults may want to bring chairs.

Sunday and Monday events: the History Tour, Boat Parade and sailing regatta will go on as scheduled.

Department of Public Health precautions against EEE.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours – The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during the evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.

Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
   
Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR 3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home
Drain Standing Water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
Install or Repair Screens – Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
See also:  https://www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis/tech/epi.html#casesbystate

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