West Nile Virus found in Fall River

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquito sample taken near the Oak Grove Cemetery area of Fall River.

The discovery, coupled with infected mosquitoes being found in neighboring communities, is prompting city officials to begin spraying for the insects. Mayor Will Falanagan’s office tells Eyewitness News the spraying will take place near the Oak Grove Cemetery, and Kennedy park between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20.

“As a precaution, all residents who live in the area should keep their windows closed and refrain from going outside between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.,” Flanagan said. “In addition, caregivers should ensure that children, elderly relatives and friends as well as pets follow these guidelines.”


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