Mayor James J. Fiorentini > Press Release
For Immediate release
September 26, 2006
“ Mayor Orders City Recreation Fields Sprayed for Mosquitoes”
Mayor James J. Fiorentini today ordered more mosquito control spraying of the city’s recreation fields starting on Wednesday evening. The spraying comes on the recommendation of the Board of Health and the Northeast Mosquito Control Network as part of the city’s ongoing efforts to control mosquitoes containing the EEE virus.
The four city recreation fields, Cashman’s Field on Hilldale Ave, Swasey’s Field on Blaisdell St, American Legion on Upper Main St., and Riverside Park on Lincoln Avenue will all be sprayed on Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The spraying will start at Riverside Park at 6:30. The fields will be closed on Wednesday evening for the spraying and the public is urged to keep away from the fields on Wednesday until the spraying is completed.
In addition, all of the school ball fields will be sprayed on Friday night starting at 6:30, assuming that 48 hours notice is given by the schools starting tomorrow.
Fiorentini said that using what is called a “barrier application” on the fields will allow the fields to be used for athletic events, but said that the State mosquito control network continued to recommend not using the fields at dusk.
In making the announcement, Mayor Fiorentini once again urged the public to avoid going out at dusk and to always use a mosquito repellent with DEET whenever going out. “Spraying is a precaution, not a guarantee” said the Mayor.
“The officials of the Northeast Mosquito Control Network tell me that the risk in Haverhill is diminished since August, probably because of the intensive spraying that has taken place. However, the risk is not over. Residents need to continue to use common sense precautionary measures to protect themselves. Residents should not go out at dusk, and, whenever they go out, a mosquito repellent containing DEET should be used.”
“The recent death in the southern part of Massachusetts heightens our concerns. We are taking this additional precaution for the protection of the public.”
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