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Mosquito spraying delayed in Suffolk

The aerial mosquito spraying scheduled for Monday night in West Babylon, Lindenhurst, Copiague and Amityville has been cancelled because of operational difficulties, according to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. The treatment will be rescheduled and a new date will be announced, health department officials said.

On Friday officials announced 22 more mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus, bringing the total this year to 79.

A day earlier, health officials said that a probable case of West Nile in a resident of Suffolk County is being investigated by the State Health Department. People become infected with West Nile through the bite of an infected mosquito.

"The individual was hospitalized for several days and has fully recovered," according to a news release issued by the health services department. "Confirmation of West Nile virus will be dependent on the results of further testing."

This comes in a year when the county has had an "historically high" number of mosquitoes testing positive for this time of year, said Dr. James Tomarken, health services commissioner, in the Thursday release. Still, "we cannot predict if the numbers will continue to be high."

To learn more call the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at 631-852-4270, the county's spraying information hotline at 631-852-4939 or check the "vector control" section of the health department's website at suffolkcountyny.gov/health.

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