MILLBURY, Mass. — The Department of Public Health on Wednesday announced mosquitoes carrying the eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus have been found in Millbury, requiring spraying on Thursday.
Millbury Board of Health member Armand White said the mosquitoes were trapped by the state in the west Millbury area of town.
"We've been in contact with Derek Brindisi (Worcester County Board of Health) and as a result of this, West Millbury will be sprayed for mosquitoes on Thursday," White said.
All town fields as well as all school fields will also be sprayed on Thursday, White said. Although EEE has been found in town, the risk level has not been changed to high; the risk level remains moderate.
More spraying will be scheduled next week. Due to forecasted rain, no further spraying is expected until after this weekend.
A child in Mansfield earlier this week became the seventh confirmed human EEE victim. Last month, a Westborough man was the first to die of the mosquito-borne disease this year.
Fears of EEE have curtailed outdoor activities at dusk, causing high school sports events to be re-scheduled to daylight hours and limiting some fall celebrations in Central Mass.