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September 5, 2013

West Nile mosquitoes show up in Groveland

GROVELAND — Mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus have also been detected in Groveland.

An advisory from the town’s Board of Health said the disease-carrying mosquitoes were found in the Barehill Road, Center Street and School Street areas. The advisory said Groveland plans a “targeted spray” tonight of the listed areas and surrounding roads as well as near Bagnall Elementary School.

West Nile-carrying mosquitoes have been showing up in traps all over the region in recent weeks, but no humans in northeastern Massachusetts have become ill from the virus yet this year, health officials said.

The Groveland advisory said the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District will spray the town with a substance called Duet, and that more information is available on the Pentucket Regional website under announcements.

Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini said his city’s targeted spraying concluded Tuesday night, and that a citywide spraying will take place in the coming days. He said those dates will be announced prior to more spraying.

The mayor also ordered a dusk-to-dawn ban on all outdoor activities on public property, including schoolyards, parks and playgrounds in the city. Yesterday, he said that order will continue until the first frost, usually sometime in mid October.

Fiorentini said high school nighttime athletic games and related activities have been rescheduled to daylight hours.

A representative with the Groveland Health Department said no such precautions or prohibitions regarding nighttime activities have been ordered in that town, as of yesterday afternoon.

For more information about Northeast Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District, visit online at www.northeastmassmosquito.com.

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