The Andover Health Division was notified Friday that mosquito pools on Haggetts Pond Road near Gavin Circle and on Chatham Road tested positive for EEE. This is the second positive test for EEE this month among mosquitoes tested in Andover.
Additional testing on Abbot Street yielded a negative result.
As a result of the most recent positive tests, the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District is deploying supplemental mosquito traps to the other areas this weekend. Mosquito spraying will take place on Monday between 8 p.m. and midnight. The spraying will be postponed to Tuesday night if there are weather problems.
Click here to see a map of the area of West Andover that will be sprayed. Click here to see a map of the area around Chatham Road that will be sprayed. Residents in the affected area will receive an additional Code Red alert via phone on Sunday.
"We're prepared to take aggressive steps to combat this issue, and have already planned for additional treatment in the areas identified," Health Director Carbone said. "We will work closely with our partners at Mosquito Control to ensure that this is addressed efficiently and effectively, but it's important for everyone to be aware of the risks and exercise caution throughout the remainder of the season."
Residents can view the Town of Andover's arbovirus response plan here. Residents are strongly encouraged to enroll in the town's Code Red alert system and subscribe to updates from the town's website.
As always, the Andover Health Division urges all residents to read and follow these important safety tips:
Information about EEE and reports of current and historical EEE virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website here.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the EEE virus is a rare cause of brain infections or encephalitis. Very few human cases are reported across the U.S. each year, but EEE can be fatal or leave victims with serious complications and neurological problems.