July 18, 2012 (CARVER) _ State health officials plan to begin aerial spraying for mosquitoes in nearly a dozen southeastern Massachusetts communities.
The decision comes after a number of samples collected in the region in recent days tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a potentially deadly disease for humans.
The Department of Public Health says aerial spraying will begin "as soon as possible" in the following communities: Bridgewater, Carver, Easton, Halifax, Lakeville, Middleborough, Norton, Plympton, Raynham, Taunton, andt bridgewater.
There have been no human cases of Triple E or West Nile virus in Massachusetts so far this year. There were 2 cases of Triple E last summer, and one was fatal.