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West Nile Virus Found in Marlborough

West Nile Virus has been found in Marlborough; spraying to begin Monday along Northborough border.

Trucks will be roaming Marlborough spraying for mosquitos Monday after West Nile was identified in the city.

The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project, or CMMCP,  identified West Nile Virus Wednesday in a collection of mosquitos from August 14. The organization will be responding Monday by spraying along the roadside on the west side of the city along the boarder with Northborough.

“Generally this time of year we spray from after 8 p.m. to roughly midnight,” said Tim Deschamps, the executive director of CMMCP.

The organization has had mosquito surveillance traps set up throughout the city and been on a regular basis. These are pockets of West Nile that move through, said Deschamps, but the threat will not be gone until after the first frost which is usually in mid-October.

This news comes during a year that the Center for Disease Control has called the worst for West Nile Virus.

The West Nile virus outbreak that has infected people in 38 states is on track to be the worst in history, a top official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a news teleconference today.

The number of cases so far this year is the highest recorded through August since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999.

The cases reported to the CDC as of Wednesday total 1,118, including 42 deaths.

As of Tuesday, 47 states had reported indications of the virus in humans or animals; only Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont have so far been spared. Human cases have been detected in 38 states.

Here are CDC’s top tips for avoiding West Nile virus.

  • Use insect repellents that contain an EPA-registered active ingredient whenever you’re outdoors.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outdoors at dawn and dusk, or consider staying indoors during those times, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Remove the standing water that allows mosquitoes to breed. That includes small pools of water in unlikely places such as flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly.
  • Drill holes in tire swings so that water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they’re not being used.

Residents may notify CMMCP of their concerns at 508-393-3055 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by visiting the organization's website.

Sam Bonacci August 24, 2012 at 03:28 PM
We have had a lot of comments on our Facebook about spraying for mosquitoes. How is everyone feeling about spraying being done in the city? Do you think there is a better way?
Dorrie R August 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I'm not sure if there is a better way but I worry about the other animals, pets,chipmunks, squirrels, and bats. I know where I live we have quite a few bats, so if they spray here won't that kill off all of these other animals, or at the very least make them sick. IS there another way to do this?

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