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Mosquito spraying on Fire Island tonight

Suffolk County Department of Public Works employees Chris

Suffolk County Department of Public Works employees Chris Kampfer, in back, and Mike Masterson, driving, spray mosquito pesticide on roads in Ocean Beach. The county is planning to conduct ground spraying today on Fire Island, weather permitting. (July 16, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)

With an eye to adult mosquito control, Suffolk County is planning to conduct ground spraying today on Fire Island, weather permitting, health officials said.

Ground spraying with the pesticide Anvil is planned for 6 to 10 p.m. on all streets in Davis Park and Point O’Woods, the health department said.

Some mosquitoes’ bites transmit West Nile virus to humans. Mosquitoes pick up the virus through feeding on infected birds.

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Suffolk health officials said Friday four mosquito samples — collected July 9 from areas in East Northport, Northport and Huntington — had tested positive for West Nile virus. A spokeswoman for the Nassau health department also said Friday that two samples, collected July 12 in Kings Point and Plandome Manor, had tested positive.

Nassau and Suffolk counties reported 14 human cases each last year, including one Nassau death.

The chances of experiencing health effects from ground spraying are “quite low,” the Suffolk health department said in a release, but children and pregnant women should avoid exposure when possible by steering clear of the area during and at least 30 minutes after spraying.

Among the “common sense steps” the department suggests:

* Close doors, windows and air-conditioning vents during and 30 minutes after spraying.
* Bring indoors laundry, children’s toys, pet food and water dishes.
* Cover ornamental fish ponds.

Learn more at Suffolk’s spraying information hotline 631-852-4939, as well as www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices.aspx

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