NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

August 24, 2013

Spraying planned after infected mosquito found

BY ANGELJEAN CHIARAMIDA
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALISBURY — The town has ordered insecticide to be sprayed Monday night in the Bridge Road, Ferry Road and Dock Lane section of town due to the discovery of a mosquito with the West Nile being found in that area.

According to Salisbury Health Agent Jack Morris, it was yesterday that the state notified Salisbury officials that sampling had isolated a mosquito with the West Nile virus in collection pools in the Sweet Appletree Lane area of town. It is the first time this season that this has occurred in Salisbury, although infected mosquitoes have been found elsewhere in the region. The neighborhood is across the Merrimack River from Newburyport’s South End.

In addition, Morris said, Amesbury Mayor Thatcher Kezer has ordered a targeted spray in the Lake Attitash area of Amesbury after two infected mosquitoes were found in Merrimac in the Bear Hill Road area, which borders Amesbury.

Spraying in both communities will take place at sunset, weather permitting, Morris said. Residents in the area should take precautions, keeping children and pets indoors during the spraying.

Residents and visitors are advised to also take precautions when outdoors during the hours when mosquitoes are active. Wearing protective clothing and insect repellent is recommended.