NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Local News

October 1, 2013

Mosquito spraying today or tomorrow in W. Newbury

WEST NEWBURY — The discovery of West Nile virus last week in mosquitoes in Newburyport has prompted health authorities here to order target spraying for this week.

Health agent Paul Sevigny reported that spraying will occur during the evening hours today or tomorrow, weather permitting. Areas targeted for spraying are Way To The River Road, Chase Street, Middle Street, Indian Hill Street, South Street and everything to the east of those roads.

This marks the third spraying in town within the past 40 days. In late August, after news that a mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus in Newburyport and Eastern equine encephalitis was found in another insect in Merrimac, the health board conducted spraying in parts of West Newbury as a precautionary measure. The areas sprayed at that time were similar to the ones targeted for spraying this week.

Then after a mosquito infected with the virus was detected in the Mill Pond Recreation Area in early September, the health board conducted another targeted spray, this time in the Mill Pond area and surrounding roads, as well as the Pentucket Regional High and Middle schools and the Page Elementary School.

Residents who reside outside the area targeted for the planned spraying who wish to have their properties included may contact the health department. There is no cost for the additional spraying, but Sevigny notes that the availability of the service is dependent on weather, time of year and other factors.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints

Port Pics
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Special Features