Health officials urge using caution outdoors after West Nile virus found in Hadley


22NEWS AT 10. I’M CIARA SPELLER. DON: AND I’M DON SHIPMAN. DON: THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCED THAT AN AERIAL SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF THE STATE. CIARA: 22NEWS REPORTER HECTOR MOLINA EXPLAINS WHY THIS IS HAPPENING AND IF SPRAYING WILL TAKE PLACE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AFTER A MOSQUITO SAMPLE TESTED POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS. HECTOR: SINCE WEST NILE ONLY TESTED POSITIVE IN HADLEY WE WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT ANYTIME SOON BUT IT’S SOMETHING RESIDENTS SHOULD BE AWARE OF. THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH WILL BE SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF THE STATE FOR THE SECOND TIME IN TWO WEEKS. AERIAL SPRAYING WILL BE CONDUCTED IN AREAS OF BRISTOL AND PLYMOTH COUNTIES BEGINNING WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONFIRMED TWO HUMAN CASES OF EEE IN GRAFTON AND SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH COUNTY EARLIER THIS MONTH. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, SPRAYING ONLY OCCURS WHEN THE RISK FOR EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS EXPANDS OVER A WIDE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA. IF SOMEONE IN THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO DO THAT I GUESS IT’S BETTER THAN THE CONSEQUENCES OF GETTING BITEN BY MOSQUITOES OR GETTING WEST NILE. ACCORDING TO THE STATE, THE PESTICIDE USED IN SPRAYING ONLY HAS A HALF LIFE OF LESS THAN ONE DAY IN THE AIR AND ON PLANTS. WHETHER MOSQUITO SPRAYING OCCURS IS DECIDED BY THE AREA’S LOCAL MOSQUITO CONTROL PROJECT. IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, MOSQUITOES HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS IN HADLEY. SINCE TRIPLE E HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED IN THE AREA, THERE’S NO NEED FOR AERIAL SPRAYING. ONE RESIDENT TOLD 22NEWS HE’S RELIEVED THAT HADLEY DOESN’T FIT THE CRITERIA. I’M ALWAYS A LITTLE SUSPICIOUS WHEN IT COMES TO CHEMICALS, MAYBE THEY CAN DROP SOMETHING NATURAL WHO KNOWS. I JUST THINK THERE IS ALWAYS OTHER WAYS TO ADDRESS THESE THINGS. THERE HAVE YET TO BE ANY REPORTS OF HUMAN CASES OF EEE OR WEST NILE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. HECTOR: FOR THE LATEST ON SPRAYING IN YOUR COMMUNITY YOU CAN LOG ON TO OUR WEBSITE AT WWLP.COM IN HADLEY, HM 22NEWS. WWW.MASS.GOV/GUIDES/AERIAL-OSQUI TO- CONTROL-SUMMER-2019 NEW AT TEN

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