City of New Bedford - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified local boards of health of the finding of EEE in a primarily bird-biting mosquito sample obtained from northwest quadrant of New Bedford. The sample was obtained on 9/1/14.

Surrounding areas that also found positive EEE pools includeAcushnet, Freetown, Kingston and Rehoboth.

In response to these findings, the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will conduct targeted ground spraying early on the morning of Friday, September 5, 2014. This round of spraying will target the Buttonwood Park, Industrial Park and Sassaquin areas. Spraying will take place between 2:00 am and sunrise on Friday morning, weather permitting. Residents in the vicinity of the targeted areas may wish to close their windows this evening prior to spraying.

The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project has been conducting increased surveillance in our area to track the potential for EEE and WNV carrying mosquitoes. Mosquito traps are in place to collect additional pools of mosquitoes and monitoring of mosquito populations will be on-going to assess effectiveness of the spraying effort.

Residents are encouraged to request a ground spray by calling the Bristol County Mosquito Control project at (508) 823-5253, between 8:00am - 2:00pm (June - September), or contacting them by E-mail at RequestBristolMCP@comcast.net.