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Mosquito treatment under review

October 27, 2011

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health will reevaluate its protocol for mosquito treatment this winter, and DPH commissioner John Auerbach has invited Raynham health agent Alan Perry to participate. Raynham had two confirmed human cases of the mosquito-borne Eastern equine encephalitis last summer, one of which was fatal. Officials in the town had asked for aerial spraying but had been told it was too late in the season to be effective. Perry said he plans to offer his input into the state’s review of its protocol, but he said that health officials in neighboring towns should be included as well. Perry added that aerial spraying, although it presents some environmental concerns, may be necessary. “I think it should be on the table,” he said.

- Christine Legere