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Wakefield To Spray This Week; Another EEE Mosquito Found Nearby

Mosquitos infected with eastern equine encephalitis reportedly detected now in Lynnfield as well as Reading. Wakefield sprays for mosquitos on Wednesday.

Days after similar news came out of Reading, mosquitos infected with eastern equine encephalitis have now been detected in Lynnfield, according to a Monday Boston Globe report. The news came the same day that Wakefield announced it would be spraying for mosquitos on Wednesday.

The Globe article noted that along with the EEE-positive mosquito sample that turned up in Reading earlier this month, insects infected with the virus have also been detected in Hamilton and Haverhill. However, those two previous towns apparently had EEE turn up in mosquitos more likely to bite birds instead of humans.

In Wakefield, an announcement posted on the town website said that the spraying will run in town between dusk and midnight, north of Prospect Street and North of Salem Street. The announcement from the town also advised residents to close their windows facing the street and to go indoors for a few minutes if a truck passes while they are outside.

State officials announced earlier this month that a man in his 60s from the Merrimack Valley had contracted West Nile Virus, which has reportedly been detected in at least 48 Massachusetts communities in 2012.

This news comes only a few days after Lynnfield sprayed for mosquitos along Main Street up to Route 128, which is part of its border area with Reading.

Wakefield residents can also get more information via a recorded message at 781-893-5759 or at www.sudbury.ma.us/services/health/emmcp/ If residents have any questions related to spraying or any questions on mosquitoes, call the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at 781- 899-5730.

Reading girl August 21, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I understand the technology has changed dramatically for spraying but I cannot understand how the truck can go 30mph thru my neighborhood & be effective.
don August 21, 2012 at 06:11 PM
its sort of ridiculous that any time a mosquito is found with something, or a few weak-immuned people may even die, that acres upon acres upon acres of land are sprayed with toxic chemicals that get into the food and water supply. Seems totally irrational and archaic and actually will impact more poepl over time in a negative way. think about it from a scientific standpoint, thhe spray is anti life, and can kill something as small as a mosquito, but with tons of it all over the place, can certainly result in making people sick.
CRICK71710 August 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I want to know why just these two streets are being considered for spraying? I live in greenwood where there are more woods than the streets being sprayed. I think it's a waste if we are not spraying everywhere.
William Laforme (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Good morning - those two streets were being done in this instance because they are closer to where the EEE-positive mosquitos apparently were detected in Lynnfield and Reading.
CRICK71710 August 22, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Thanks William. I thought I heard melrose had a positive test too?
William Laforme (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I have an article on Lynnfield Patch this morning quoting the Middleton Health Director's letter noting that a number of area towns have had positive samples, but Melrose was not among those... http://lynnfield.patch.com/articles/following-eee-test-town-likely-to-spray-again
John Bengtson August 22, 2012 at 01:14 PM
It's not just those two streets, it's the area North of those two streets closest to Reedy Meadow.
Reading girl August 22, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I have a novel idea!! If ur gonna be outside, apply bug spray. It is also important to empty all the standing water in your yard that may be breeding mosquitoes.
Fred August 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
80% of West Nile infections are completely without any symptoms; something like 94&% of EEE...the media never seems to mention that. What about spraying in wooded areas like the Fells or Breakheart?
TL Stella August 23, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I've still gotten bit when I've used bug spray.

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