Public Health

Public Health Alert!

West Nile Virus Detected in Medford

Tufts University has been notified that a mosquito carrying West Nile Virus (WNV) has been identified in Medford. The first mosquito was detected in the Berkshires in late June and the virus  typically reaches this area by late July. The peak season for WNV is August. The risk of being infected is low. On average, Massachusetts reports 6 WNV cases per year with 2000 cases in the US.

There are steps that all of us can take to reduce that risk:

  • Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn
  • Wear summer weight long sleeved shirts, long pants and socks
  • Use a mosquito repellant in accordance with label directions routinely on exposed skin during high activity hours of the day
  • Monitor your house and yard areas for places where there could be standing water and therefore mosquito breeding areas and dry them out. This includes tires, birdbaths, rotten trees and stumps and unused children’s toys or wading pools.
  • Check window and door screens to be sure there are no holes.

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease and Awareness Month (NADAM) and Family Caregivers Month®

Scientists estimate that 95% of ALZ disease is caused by environmental exposures and not just old age. » read

 


Tufts University is many things to many people. For students, it is a place to learn, live, play, and eat. In short, a small town. Protecting the health of the residents of this small town is the role of Public Health.

Tufts Environmental Health and Safety is the public health department for Tufts and works with other departments, the cities of Medford and Somerville and the MA Department of Public Health to monitor certain infectious diseases, water quality, food quality, rodents and other pests, and air quality to ensure a healthful town of Tufts.

Public Health at Tufts University:

  • Safe Food
  • Safe Water
  • Safe Air
  • No Pests
  • Safe Water Disposal
  • Monitoring injuries and disease
  • Preventing injury and disease
  • Protecting the health of the Tufts community
  • Promoting healthful behavior and environments

For information on Public Health Emergency, please visit the Emergency Response Guide at http://emergency.tufts.edu/guide/medical-emergency/#PublicHealthEmergency