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September 5, 2013

Mosquito spraying set for parts of Beverly tonight

BEVERLY — For the second time in a month, mosquito insecticide will be sprayed in targeted sections of Beverly.

The spraying will take place tonight between 8 a.m. and midnight in the Raymond Farms, Shingleville and portions of Ryal Side sections of the city, according to the city’s health department.

The spraying is in response to a positive West Nile virus sample of mosquitoes from that section of the city, according to the health department.

Residents should consider staying indoors when the spray truck is in the immediate area of their home, and they should close windows and shut off fans and air conditioners until the truck passes, officials said.

The spraying will be conducted by the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District. It also sprayed in the same section of Beverly on Aug. 7.

West Nile virus is spread through mosquitoes and can cause symptoms ranging from a mild fever to more serious diseases such as encephalitis and meningitis, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The majority of people infected with West Nile exhibit no symptoms; a small percentage exhibit flu-like symptoms, and less than 1 percent of people infected with West Nile develop severe illness.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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