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Mosquito spraying set next week in Nassau

As part of its ongoing mosquito control efforts, Nassau County is continuing its ground spraying next week in selected communities, "based on the persistent presence of West Nile virus and mosquito activity at these locations," according to a news release issued Friday by the health department.

Treatments are planned, weather permitting, from 8 p.m. to no later than 4 a.m., using the pesticide Scourge, which health officials say has a low chance of leading to medical problems. Still, residents may want to avoid exposure, they say, with children and pregnant women especially advised to stay indoors during the treatment and for 30 minutes after.

Spraying has become increasingly important as both Nassau and Suffolk counties try to contain West Nile virus, which is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes.

Areas to be treated Monday are sections of Cedarhurst, Hewlett, Inwood, Lawrence, Lynbrook, North Lynbrook, North Valley Stream, South Valley Stream, Valley Stream, Woodmere and Woodsburgh.

To be treated Tuesday are sections of Bethpage, Levittown, Massapequa, North Massapequa, North Wantagh, Plainedge, Seaford and Wantagh.

On Wednesday, sections of Bellerose, Elmont, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Garden City, Garden City Park, Garden City South, Lynbrook, North Lynbrook, Malverne, Malverne Oaks, New Hyde Park, North New Hyde Park, Stewart Manor, South Floral Park, Valley Stream, North Valley Stream and West Hempstead.

Nassau County reports that 47 mosquito samples from 22 trap locations have tested positive for the virus, according to the health department, with the most recent positives collected in East Hills, Massapequa Park and Woodmere.

West Nile virus is being detected in samples throughout the county, said Mary Ellen Laurain, spokeswoman for the Nassau health department. Residents are advised to be proactive in surveying their home environments and dumping standing water, which is where mosquitoes breed, she said.

For updates and more information call the county's treatment hotline at 888-844-8657 or check the health department's website at nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/index.html.

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