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August 29, 2013

Spraying scheduled for school fields, city parks

NEWBURYPORT — As the school year gets under way, city officials have called for a round of target ground mosquito spraying on the schools’ athletic fields and city parks after two mosquito pools tested positive for the West Nile virus in recent weeks.

In the wake of the test results, the state Department of Public Health raised the city’s risk level to “moderate.”

The health department announced yesterday that target barrier ground spraying will occur from 8 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and continuing through Friday, Sept. 6, if necessary, weather permitting.

The following areas will be sprayed: Brown School, Bresnahan School, Nock-Molin School, Newburyport High School, Bradley Fuller Athletic Field, Woodman Park soccer field, the high school athletic field, Cashman Park and fields, Cherry Hill soccer field, Jason Sawyer Park, March’s Hill and Perkins Park.

The state DPH and the city’s health department continue to urge residents to follow “common-sense measures” to avoid West Nile and other mosquito-carried illnesses. This includes: avoiding going outside between dusk and dawn, which is peak biting time for mosquitoes, wearing long-sleeved clothing and pants and applying insect repellent when outdoors, installing or repairing screens to keep mosquitoes from coming inside, and draining standing water or wading pools.

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