Following EEE Test, Town Likely To Spray Again

Spraying picks up in the region after some mosquitos test positive for EEE virus.

The town of Lynnfield announced Tuesday that it will soon announce an additional schedule and targets for mosquito spraying following a positive test sample earlier in the week for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

In its announcement, the town confirmed that it learned of the positive EEE sample only after carrying out spraying late last week. That spraying was in response to a separate positive EEE mosquito sample detected in Reading.

“Residents are urged to take personal protection measures to protect from mosquito bites, such as using repellants and scheduling outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active,” said the town’s announcement. “The key priority is to avoid bites from mosquitoes. Again as we transition to our target and spray schedule another announcement will be sent."

In light of these test results, another neighboring town, Wakefield, was set to carry out its own spraying on Thursday night. Like Lynnfield, Wakefield’s spraying is to be conducted in the area closer to the Reading border, in response to the positive sample in that town. Wakefield expects to get back its own test results on Thursday.

Another neighboring town, Middleton, is canceling its outdoor sports programs until barriers spraying is completed.

“Recent information from the Northeast Mosquito Control District has indicated that positive results have been identified in mosquito pools throughout the Northeast  including, but not limited to, Ipswich, Topsfield, Boxford, Lynnfield, Methuen, Peabody.  Additional recent results have identified EEE virus in mosquito pools in Haverhill, Hamilton, and two positives of EEE mosquito pools in the abutting town of Lynnfield.   One of the positives in Lynnfield was from a mammal biting mosquito,” said an announcement from Middleton Director of Public Health Derek Fullerton on that town’s website.


linda August 22, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Barrier spraying is not enough, most of Lynnfield is marsh, swamps and wetlands that also need attention. Even the high school and middle school sports fields have either wetlands around them and a stream running near them. There is a stream that runs between the football field and soccer/softball fields that should be treated. Being bitten by mosquitoes in Lynnfield is not limited to dawn and dusk due to our proximity to wetlands in and around our town.
Evelyn Noto August 22, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I hope Lynnfield will be proactive in this situation. This concerns the wellbeing of ourselves and our children and the importance of this can only be measured in protection of human life. I am surprised that the spraying hasn't started already. Each day these little buggers multiply by the millions.
Karen M. August 23, 2012 at 02:05 AM
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), EEE is a rare illness in humans and only a few cases are reported in the USA. We need to be more vigilant and report dog owners using our sidewalks and parks 24/7 as a dumping ground. On the CDC website you can read the toxic dangers of dog excrement diseases humans can contract...this infection rate is staggering. Stay healthy.


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