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Baker Signs Mosquito Control Legislation

On Monday afternoon Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill that gives the state expanded powers to control mosquitos. The legislation (S 2757) was based on a bill Baker field in April giving the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board new powers to fight mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile Virus and Eastern equine encephalitis when the Department of Public Health determines there is an elevated risk.
     It also creates a task force to recommend reforms aimed at creating a "twenty-first century" approach to mosquito control. Public health officials expect an active EEE season this year, after six deaths from the virus in 2019.
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