Mosquito spraying on Fire Island set for Tuesday

A mosquito, a carrier for the potentially lethal

A mosquito, a carrier for the potentially lethal West Nile virus. (Credit: Getty Images)

As part of Suffolk County's mosquito-control effort, the public works department will spray the pesticide sumithrin Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m., weather permitting, on all streets in Davis Park and Point O'Woods on Fire Island.

The pesticide applications are designed to control mosquitoes, which can spread the West Nile virus through bites.

Suffolk County is reporting 199 mosquito samples and 37 birds testing positive for the virus this year. The most recent mosquito samples were collected August 21 to 22 from locations in Holtsville, Northport, South Huntington, Aquebogue, West Babylon and Dix Hills, according to the county health department. Two human cases have been confirmed in the county, with both people having recovered.

Chances of experiencing medical problems because of the pesticide applications are low, health officials said, but residents may want to avoid exposure, with children and pregnant women especially advised to stay indoors during the treatment and for 30 minutes after the spraying.

For more information, call the county's spray hotline at 631-852-4939, or see www.co.suffolk.ny.us online.

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