Mosquito spraying set for Monday in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in samples of mosquitoes collected by the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project.

This is the fifth positive sample within five weeks, and the city remains at a moderate risk level for people acquiring West Nile virus from the bite of an infected mosquito, according to Pittsfield Health Director Gina Armstrong.

To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infection, truck-mounted mosquito spray application is scheduled for 10 p.m. to midnight Monday, on roads within a mile radius of the Pecks Road and Wahconah Street intersection. In the event of rain, spraying might be rescheduled for Tuesday evening.

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