Plans to spray against mosquitoes in Elwood and East Northport have been canceled Thursday night, the Suffolk County Health Department said.
The winds were too strong for ground spraying, but plans were canceled also because many callers said they didn't enough notice to cancel community meetings and band sessions being held at local schools and other events scheduled for Thursday, said health spokeswoman Grace Kelly-McGovern.
She said mosquito surveillance in the area will continue next week and those results will determine if spraying is needed in Elwood and East Northport.
But weather permitting, ground spraying of Anvil, also known as sumithrin, has been scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday on Fire Island, in the communities of Water Island, Atlantique, Summer Club and Fire Island Pines, the health department said.
The spraying aims to control the spread of the West Nile virus, which mosquitoes carry. The virus can be passed on to humans through mosquito bites.
Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms, but one in five infected will develop symptoms, including fever, joint pains, vomiting or rash, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people recover completely, although fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months, but more serious,
One percent of people infected with the virus develop more serious problems, such as brain inflammations, the CDC said.
For current and future notices on spraying and further details, call the Suffolk County division of vector control at 631-852-4270 or the spraying information hotline at 631-852-4939.
Notices can be read at suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/PublicHealth/PreventiveServices/PesticideApplicationNotification.aspx.
During spraying times, people and pets should remain inside and close windows and air conditioning vents. Pick homegrown fruits and vegetables you expect to eat soon before spraying takes place. Also bring toys and pet dishes inside, and cover fish ponds.