Second Round Of Mosquito Spraying Begins This Week

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Triple-E concerns in Massachusetts have prompted another round of spraying in a number of communities around the state.

In southeastern Massachusetts, another round of aerial spraying is planned for Bristol and Plymouth Counties. That spraying is set to begin Wednesday night and continue for several nights.

The state's Department of Public Health said a second round of spraying was always part of the plan. The first spraying took place during the overnight hours of August 8-11.

The communities affected in Bristol County include Acushnet, Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Norton, Raynham, and Taunton, with parts of Attleboro, Dartmouth, Easton, Fairhaven, Fall River, Mansfield, New Bedford, Rehoboth, Somerset, and Swansea included.

In Plymouth County, the affected towns include Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Carver, Hanson, Halifax, Lakeville, Middleborough, Pembroke, Plympton, Rochester, West Bridgewater, and Whitman are fully in the spray zone, with Abington, Brockton, Duxbury, Hanover, Kingston, Marion, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Norwell, Plymouth, Rockland, and Wareham partially affected.

The state also has an aerial spray map showing the affected areas, which you can view here.

Spraying is also set to begin in:

  • East Boston, where crews will be conducting ground spraying near Orient Heights between dusk and 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Boston Public Health Commission said residents should go indoors for a few minutes while the spraying trucks pass.
  • Andover on Tuesday night, between the hours of 8 and 11 p.m., after two mosquito pools near Abbott Street tested positive for EEE. Click here for more information on what areas will be targeted.
  • Lowell, where spraying will begin "after sunset" Wednesday and will take place again on August 28, according to the city's website.
  • Worcester Tuesday night, targeting the Plantation Street and Hamilton Street areas. The city has released a spray map, which you can view here.

In addition, on Tuesday, Millbury's Board of Health ordered "no outdoor group activities" between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. because of the high risk of EEE.

So far, 37 communities across the Bay State have been found to be either critical or high risk for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, or EEE.

There have been two human cases of EEE so far this year in the state; the virus is rare, but potentially fatal.

Visit the DPH website for more information about the spraying.

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