TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) - After canceling their plans to begin aerial mosquito spraying inmany southeastern Massachusetts, health officials announced theywill spray in some communities after all.
Officials on Wednesday canceled plans because of weather,rescheduling the spraying for Thursday afternoon. Thursday'sspraying had been canceled, but officials decided to spray in somecommunities anyway.
The state decided to begin aerial spraying for mosquitoes aftermore positivetests of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
The communities scheduled to be sprayed Thursday night are:
- East Bridgewater
- West Bridgewater
If any of those communities aren't sprayed, officials willresume on Friday.
Also on Friday, officials plan to spray several othercommunities:
- New Bedford
The pesticide spraying will take place between 8 p.m. and 3a.m.
During these hours, residents should:
- Close their windows
- Turn off window fans
- Shut off air conditioners (unless they re-circulate indoor air)
- Keep pets indoors
- Wash exposed skin or clothes with soap & warm water
- Wash any homegrown fruits & vegetables
Health Officials are warning this year could be very severe forthe EEE virus.
Gov. Deval Patrick announced the decision to spray the areaearlier this week. He stressed there are ways residents can
- Using bug spray
- Covering up when outdoors, especially during peak mosquito hours of dusk to dawn
Massachusetts residents are advised to visit the state'swebsite for more information on EEE. Or call: 1-866-MASS-WNV(1-866-627-7968) or the Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.
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