Mass. Delays Aerial Spray For Mosquitoes

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Massachusetts health officials say strong winds have forced them to delay an aerial spray in Southeastern Massachusetts to try to reduce the risk of eastern equine encephalitis.

State Department of Public Health spokeswoman Jennifer Manley says spraying originally scheduled for Wednesday night is now tentatively planned for Thursday.

Officials say the levels of EEE that have been discovered in mosquitoes in Plymouth and Bristol counties is the highest in decades and said it is a major public health risk.

To keep safe, health officials advise the public to use bug spray and wear long sleeve shirts and pants when outside. They also urge members of the public to reschedule outdoor activities planned for the early morning or the early evening, when mosquitoes are less active.

No human cases of EEE have been reported this year.


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