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West Nile Virus found in mosquito sample in Lynnfield near Peabody border

Posted by Terri Ogan  August 13, 2013 10:07 AM

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After mosquitoes in Lynnfield tested positive for West Nile virus, the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District will conduct a targeted pesticide treatment in neighboring Peabody.

According to a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services, truck-mounted spray is expected to occur after 8 o’clock tonight, but may be rescheduled depending on the weather conditions.

The area targeted for spraying will be certain neighborhoods bounded by Winona, Lake, and Lowell Street next to the Lynnfield border.

The map of the area to be sprayed is available for viewing at the health department office in City Hall, as well as at all branches of the Peabody Institute Library.

In addition, streets around the following public parks will be sprayed: Kennedy Fields, Corbeil Park, Ross Park, Symphony Park, and the Peabody Independence Greenway bike path.

West Nile has been detected in other cities in towns on the North Shore as well.

The city of Beverly underwent a targeted spraying last week to reduce mosquito populations in designated areas of the city in response to a positive West Nile sample of mosquitoes from specific sections of Beverly.

In addition, Saugus, Newburyport, Middleton, Marblehead and Lynn all had mosquito pools test positive for West Nile as of this week. In the state, there are 80 positive mosquito pool samples, according to the state.

The health department said in a recent statement that residents do not need to take special precautions to prepare for the spray activity, but may choose to stay indoors, close windows or shut off air conditioners when the truck is on their street until it passes.

Although the risk for West Nile in Peabody is considered low, the Health Department urges residents of the importance to take personal precautions against mosquitoes, such as using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves or other protective clothing, minimizing outdoor activity between dusk and dawn, and eliminating standing water around the home.

More detailed information is available at www.mass.gov/dph/wnv and at the Peabody Health Department at City Hall, located at 24 Lowell Street, or by dialing 978-538-5926.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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