EEE detected in New Bedford mosquitoes

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Ground spraying will be conducted in New Bedford early Thursday morning after a mosquito infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis was trapped in the northwestern part of the city.

The Massachusetts Department of Health announced the discovery of the mosquito-borne illness Wednesday, just one day after reporting that EEE was found in nearby Freetown.

The spraying will take place between 2 a.m. and sunrise in the areas of Fort Taber, Brooklawn Park, Buttonwood Park, Hazelwood Park, Riverside Park, the Poor Farm area, Clasky Park, Ashley Park, Ben Rose Field, Sassaquin Avenue and the Industrial Park area.

Residents of the targeted areas are encouraged to close their windows prior to the spraying.

The infected mosquito in New Bedford was a largely bird-biting species, but precautions should still be taken. Try to avoid being bitten by wearing long sleeves and pants and utilizing mosquito repellant when outside during peak mosquito hours (from dusk until dawn).

It’s also important to mosquito-proof your home. Limit the number of places mosquitoes can breed by removing standing water from gutters, drains, and any other receptacle, and be sure to keep them outside by installing or repairing screens in your windows.

Another round of spraying will also be conducted on Monday, Aug. 11.

For more information about the spraying, contact Bristol County Mosquito Control at (508) 823-5253 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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