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West Nile Found in Mosquito Near Chebacco Lake, More Spraying Planned

The Hamilton Board of Health announced on Friday that another mosquito tested positive for West Nile Virus and another round of spraying will be conducted.

West Nile Virus has again been found in a mosquito in Hamilton, again on the east end of town.

Health Agent Leslie Whalen said on Friday that the positive test means that officials plan to again spray next week.

“We chose Wednesday because it looks like it could be too cold on Monday or Tuesday,” she said.

Spraying can not be conducted when it is raining or is below 60 degrees.

The spraying will occur along Essex Street and roads east of Essex Street between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Thursday, she said.

It will be the fourth time that spraying has been conducted this summer and fall in Hamilton.

Here are some safety tips for residents in the area planned to be sprayed:

• People with asthma and/or other respiratory conditions may wish to stay indoors, since it is possible that if exposure to pesticide spray occurred, it could aggravate those conditions. These individuals may want to consult their physician for further advice. 

• Keep windows closed and fans off. Shut off air conditioners unless they have a setting for recirculating indoor air.

• Rinse any homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as is typically done before cooking or eating them. 

• Keep pets indoors during spraying to minimize their risk of exposure. 

• If skin and/or clothes or other items are exposed to the sprayed pesticide, wash with soap and water. 

• If the spray gets in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water or eye drops, and call your doctor.  

Lori September 24, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I wonder if the town will consider cancelling evening activities like Ipswich has?

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