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News Release
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release:

September 5, 2000

Media Contact:

Malcolm Grant 222-6605, cell phone 447-1351
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418, pager 482-2968

WEST NILE VIRUS SPRAYING UPDATE - COVENTRY, SOUTH KINGSTOWN, NARRAGANSETT

PROVIDENCE - Limited ground spraying for mosquitoes in Coventry, South Kingstown, and Narragansett originally scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. this evening has been postponed. In South Kingstown and Narragansett spraying will take place beginning at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, September 6), weather permitting, because weather conditions expected this evening are unsatisfactory for spraying.

Coventry plans to begin spraying at 7 p.m. on Thursday, weather permitting.

Weather conditions this evening are expected to include winds of more than 10 miles per hour, which precludes spraying. In addition, the temperature is expected to be cool, which means that mosquito activity will be limited. Successful ground spraying depends on contact with flying mosquitoes.

Residents can call the following local numbers for information on spraying in their area:

Coventry - 821-6400

Narragansett - 782-0637

South Kingstown - 789-9331

Toll free information about ground spraying and protection from mosquitoes is also available during normal business hours by calling HEALTH's Family Health Information Line at 1-800-942-7434 or DEM's Mosquito Information Line at 1-866-634-7500. DEM's Mosquito Information Line will be open extended hours on Tuesday.


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