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Pelham, Sandown spray to fight West Nile virus

PELHAM — With two Pelham mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile virus late last month, town officials are urging residents to take precautions while spending time outdoors.

On July 31, the state Health and Human Services Department confirmed two mosquitoes caught locally had tested positive for the virus.

Since then, crews from Municipal Pest Management have been conducting emergency spraying on all town-owned parks, schools, playgrounds and fields, Town Administrator Tom Gaydos said."We're continuing to actively monitor the situation," Gaydos said during Tuesday's meeting of the Board of Selectmen.

"Luckily, they caught it early and it allowed us to respond very quickly," Gaydos added.

In the meantime, residents who are heading outside during evening, nighttime and dawn hours are urged to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks.

Sandown also began spraying to kill mosquitoes after a mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus.

A release on the town's website said the town on Thursday sprayed at the Sandown North School, Sandown Central School, Roy Miller Recreation Center, Garvey Recreation Center and Sandlots Sports Complex.

The release said the town is not yet planning town-wide spraying. The town's contractor is Dragon Mosquito Control of Brentwood.

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