NEW BEDFORD — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the New Bedford Health Department of the finding of West Nile Virus in a primarily bird-biting mosquito sample obtained in the area of Rural Cemetery, located at 149 Dartmouth Street in New Bedford.

In response to these findings, the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will continue to conduct targeted ground spraying including in the area of Rural Cemetery.

This round of spraying will occur in the early morning of Thursday, September 6, 2018 and will target the area of Rural Cemetery in addition to areas including Buttonwood Park, Brooklawn Park, Fort Taber, Hazelwood Park, Riverside Park, Clasky Park, Ashley Park, the Poor Farm area, Custom House Square and the downtown area.

Spraying will take place between 2:00 am and sunrise on Thursday morning, weather permitting. Residents in the vicinity of the targeted areas may wish to close their windows this evening prior to the spraying.

Office of Jonathan F. Mitchell, Mayor