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 might want to avoid exposure, they say, with children and pregnant women especially advised to stay indoors during the treatment and for 30 minutes after.
Nassau and Suffolk counties have been spraying to try to contain West Nile virus, which is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes.
This year there have been two confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Nassau County, including the death of an elderly resident from the Town of Oyster Bay. The county is also reporting 75 mosquito samples that have tested positive for the virus so far in 2012.
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.