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February 14, 2014

State: Expect to see EEE, West Nile each year

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As mosquito season returns, Morris said communities will continue to practice the same approach.

“When we have a virus isolation, we will alert the public and take appropriate actions,” Morris said. “The public should be cautioned that these viruses are here and proper personal protection should be used when mosquito season hits.”

Last August, Amesbury health officials announced that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were collected in Amesbury, prompting targeted mosquito spraying in the northwest section of the city where the virus was found. A month later, mosquitoes carrying EEE were found in the city, leading to another round of spraying.

Amesbury and Salisbury are members of Northeast Mosquito Control, which conducts a region-wide spray of both communities in an effort to kill off as many potentially infected mosquitoes as possible. Officials have noticed a significant drop in mosquito activity after spraying.

Information from the State House News Service was used in this report.

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