Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Wayland Board of Health wants to share its plans for adult mosquito control and hear from residents about the new program.
The Wayland Board of Health wants to expand the town's mosquito control efforts beyond its traditional efforts to combat mosquito larvae. On Monday, May 20, the BoH is holding a public hearing to explain the details, address questions about and identify individuals who would like to be excluded from adult mosquito spraying. "Our plan for incorporating adult mosquito control is due to the increasing risk of mosquito-borne illness and also due to larviciding restrictions in areas of Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge," a press release reads. The adult mosquito control plan is in line with the State Department of Public Health's Arbovirus Surveillance and Response plan, the press release continues. Last year saw the most ever cases of West Nile …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Have some hazardous waste around the house? Saturday is the day to drop it off in Wayland, but you need to register.
Wayland residents should register now to take part in Saturday's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, May 4. The collection will take place at 195 Main St., in the parking lot of the Highway Department garage. In order to take advantage of the collection day, residents must register for a 30-minute time slot between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon on May 4. Slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration forms are available in the Board of Health office, Wayland Town Building lobby, Council on Aging at Town Hall (all at 41 Cochituate Road), Wayland Public Library (5 Concord Way), the Wayland Transfer Station & Recycling Center (484 Boston Post Road) and online. Forms must be submitted to the Board of …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wayland Health Director Julia Junghann's says candidates need not be doctors or engineers to serve on the Board of Health.
When Wayland voters head to the polls in April for the Annual Town Election, they will be electing individuals to a variety of offices, including one position on the town's Board of Health. Health Director Julia Junghann's is encouraging any interested individual to consider running for the office. "Interested parties need not have a background in a medical profession or engineering, but this would be an added benefit to the Board," Junghann's wrote in an email to Patch. "We are hoping for a candidate that has an interest in the town and a reasonable approach. The Board of Health covers a wide and varied range of issues and regulations." Board member Arnold Soslow’s seat is up for election, and he does not plan to run for re-election, …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
On Monday, the Board of Health joined WaylandCares in taking an official position against the medical marijuana initiative.
As the Nov. 6 election looms, voters are considering not only who they want to lead the government, but also how they will vote on several ballot questions. In particular, Ballot Question 3, "Medical Use of Marijuana," has created plenty of discussion and, in Wayland, that discussion has reached into some of the town's departments and organizations. The Committee for Compassionate Medicine argues in favor of the question, saying it will ease suffering for patients with a variety of diseases, while the group Vote No on Question 3 argues the loopholes in the law are too big too ignore. In Wayland, several groups have placed their support behind the opposition. On Monday, WaylandCares director Heidi Heilman spoke at the Board of Health's …
Monday, September 10, 2012
A Worcester resident in his 60s with severe underlying medical conditions was diagnosed with West Nile Virus in mid-August and has since died of the illness.
Monday, September 10, 2012
State officials have raised Wayland's risk of West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) to "moderate" after a Massachusetts resident died of WNV, the first such death since 2005. A Worcester resident in his 60s with severe underlying medical conditions was diagnosed with WNV in mid-August and has since died of the illness, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) announced on Sept. 7. The Department of Public Health has identified several additional human cases of WNV as well as increased WNV-positive mosquito activity. Wayland's first positive test of WNV in a mosquito pool came back in early August, a month earlier than the first positive test in 2011. "Taken together, all of these findings point to the fact that the …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Wayland Board of Health is reminding people to protect themselves during this mosquito season.
This information was provided in a press release from the Wayland Board of Health. The warmer than normal temperatures that we've experienced this summer is likely increasing both the EEE and WNV risk. Nationally it appears as though the numbers of WNV human cases in 2012 will be among the highest numbers recorded in a single year. The basis of both the national WNV risk and the local WNV and EEE risk can be traced to a series of weather events beginning this past winter through this summer. While we do have one mosquito pool in Wayland that tested positive for West Nile Virus, Wayland is still identified by the state as an area of low risk for mosquito-borne illness as of Aug. 6. To date, the following virus reports have occurred in our …
Friday, October 7, 2011
The Wayland Board of Health is reminding residents to take precautions against mosquitoes as the weather warms this weekend.
The weather is expected to be unseasonably warm over the upcoming Columbus Day weekend, which means more time outside, more exposed skin and more opportunity for mosquitoes to spread West Nile Virus or EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis). The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Oct. 5, that EEE had been discovered in a mosquito sample collected in Sudbury. The mosquito carrying EEE was of the Culiseta melanura species, which is primarily a bird-biting mosquito. And in early September, West Nile Virus was found in a South Wayland mosquito pool. "Although most human cases of EEE and West Nile Virus are contracted during August and September, there have been a few cases that have been contracted during October, and there is an …