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Peabody opts to spray for West Nile virus, Danvers does not

Posted by Justin Rice  September 20, 2011 01:27 PM

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Peabody city officials elected to have the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District sprayed for mosquitoes on Monday evening after West Nile Virus was detected in nearby communities such as Salem and Danvers.

The targeted treatment aimed at reducing insect populations around schools and other recreational areas in the city, according to a health notice posted in Peabody’s website. Spraying occurred at all Peabody Public School athletic fields and playgrounds as well as Ross Park, Emerson Park, Savage Park, Buckley Field, Kennedy Field, Raddin Road Park and O’Connor fields.

“Please remember that it is important to continue to take personal precautions against mosquitoes, such as using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves or other protective clothing, minimizing outdoor activity at dusk and dawn, and eliminating standing water around your home,” the notice states.

For more information, visit www.peabody-ma.gov, or call the Peabody Health Department at (978) 538 5926. Information is also available for viewing at City Hall, the school administration offices, the Public Services facility, and the Peabody Institute Library.

Meanwhile, the Danvers Department of Health decided not to spray despite the fact that West Nile Virus was found in the two earlier this month.

Peter Mirandi, director of public health for Danvers, could not be reached for comment.

Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com.

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