EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 30, 2013

West Nile virus found in Haverhill, outdoor events banned

By Mike laBella

---- — HAVERHILL — West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in two places in the city, and spraying has been ordered.

A ban on all outdoor activities on public property, including schoolyards and parks and playgrounds throughout the city, will be imposed from dusk to dawn, effective immediately, city officials said. The ban applies to all youth and adult programs, including organized sports and other activities.

The mosquitoes were detected behind the animal shelter that is at the rear of the Highway Yard on Primrose Street and on North Avenue, in the area of Frye Pond.

Spraying in those areas will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday night by Northeast Mosquito Control District.

The Haverhill High football team was scheduled to scrimmage Swampscott tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Stadium. School officials said that scrimmage will be canceled.

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