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Officials resume mosquito spraying in SE Mass.

July 22, 2012
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BOSTON—Massachusetts health officials say mosquito spraying will resume in 14 communities in southeastern Massachusetts to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illness.

The state is trying to reduce the threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a potentially deadly disease for humans.

State officials say they are spraying on Sunday evening after detecting several mosquito samples that tested positive recently for EEE in southeastern Massachusetts.

Spraying could not be completed on Saturday evening due to unsuitable weather conditions, including low temperatures.

Experts say the mild winter and recent high temperatures may have caused faster breeding and early development of the virus in mosquitoes.

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