NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — The buzz was all about mosquitoes in late summer and early fall as fears of Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus had Central Massachusetts towns on high alert.
A mild winter proved to be the perfect breeding ground for insects and cases of Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile began popping up in mid-summer. It proved fatal for a Westborough man in early August when he became the second Massachusetts resident to die from EEE.
In September, the threat of mosquito-borne viruses caused the Northborough to ban all outdoor evening activities after 6 p.m. As a result, the town's Applefest celebration was forced to cut back on a number of activities, while the St. Bernadette School postponed its fall festival by a month. In addition, athletic events at Algonquin were rescheduled.
Northborough was able to lift the ban after the first hard frost hit in mid-October.
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