EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 9, 2013

Positive West Nile test in Tewksbury raises flags in Andover

By Dustin Luca

---- — ANDOVER — Town officials are determining how to proceed after mosquitoes in neighboring Tewksbury have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The pool that tested positive is located in the northeast corner of Tewksbury around Pennacook Road, which is not far from the Andover town line, according to Lou-Ann Clement, Tewksbury’s director of public health.

Pennacook Road runs along Meadow Brook, just a few streets southwest of the Andover border.

Andover Health Director Tom Carbone said his department is “in the process of reviewing how close it is to the Andover line and whether or not spraying will be recommended,” he said.

To date, none of the mosquito traps set up around Andover since June have tested positive, Carbone said.

In Tewksbury, which regularly spays for mosquitoes as part of an annual program, an additional spaying is scheduled for Monday, weather permitting, in the area where the pool tested positive, Clement said.

The Andover Board of Health will discuss the discovery in Tewksbury at its meeting Monday night, Carbone said.

Health officials also reminded residents to take “basic precautions” in warding off or avoiding mosquito trouble. That includes dumping any standing water in buckets or tires and avoiding going outdoors when mosquitoes are most active unless wearing protective clothing and a mosquito repellent containing DEET.

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