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September 5, 2013

West Nile found in Groveland, spraying tonight

Haverhill already sprayed for infected mosquitoes

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

Health officials recommend common-sense precautionary measures to prevent West Nile transmission from mosquitoes to humans, such as using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and long pants, and avoiding outdoor activities from dusk to dawn. In addition, residents are urged to check their property for unattended containers of standing water which may attract mosquitoes.

According to a Massachusetts Department of Public Health fact sheet, West Nile virus is a mosquito-carried virus that can cause illness ranging from a mild fever to more serious disease like encephalitis or meningitis. There is no specific treatment for the virus. People with mild infections usually recover on their own. People with severe infections almost always require hospitalization. Their symptoms may last several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent. About 10 percent of people who develop severe illness die from the infection.

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

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