No Positive Tests for Mosquitos in Danvers This Summer
There have been many positive tests for EEE and West Nile Virus in neighboring communities but none in Danvers to date this summer.
No mosquitoes have tested positive this summer for Eastern Equine Encephalitis or West Nile Virus in Danvers.
There have been positive tests in several bordering communities this month though, including a positive EEE test in Topsfield and West Nile Virus in Peabody.
"No mosquito pools or human cases of mosquito-borne diseases have been isolated in Danvers to date," said Health Agent Peter Mirandi.
Testing of mosquitoes continues in Danvers, he said. Mosquitos are captured in specialized traps at predetermined sites in town, he said.
"When a 'pool' of mosquitos are collected, they are sorted by hand according to specie in a lab at the Northeast Mosquito Control Headquarters on Plumb Island," he said.
If a mosquito in Danvers tests positive, Mirandi said the Board of Health has been contacted and is ready to convene an emergency meeting. The board would meet to determine whether spraying from a truck on the roads in the evening is needed.
Mirandi said the public should continue to use the best methods of protection from mosquitos until the season ends – after the first frost. The best tips can be obtained from the state Department of Public Health.