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Mosquito Tests Positive for West Nile in Wenham, Second Round of Spraying Planned

A mosquito tested positive for the West Nile Virus over the weekend in Wenham and spraying is planned for Thursday night.

For the first time this summer, a mosquito in Wenham has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Based on the positive test, the Wenham Board of Health has asked the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District to conduct spraying on Thursday night. The spraying is being done in what Health Agent Greg Bernard calls a “targeted area” between 7:30 p.m. and 2 a.m.

“The targeted areas will begin at the intersection of Larch Row and Grapevine Road and continue along Grapevine Road, including , to the town line,” Bernard said in announcing the spraying on Wednesday afternoon. “The Iron Rail Property, consisting of the and will also be included in the targeted spray.”

The spraying will be done from a truck driving along the roads and none of the spraying will be done from a plan, he said.

This will be the second time that mosquito spraying has been done in Wenham this summer. after mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis in nearby communities, including Topsfield.

Interim Town Administrator Mark Andrews notified residents about the spraying planned for Thursday night via a Connect-CTY phone message on Wednesday evening. Another call will go out on Thursday, Bernard said.

In Hamilton, mosquitoes this summer and spraying has been .

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