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Mosquito spraying planned on Fire Island

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Suffolk County planned ground spraying for adult mosquitoes on Fire Island Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting, health officials said.

Streets in the villages of Ocean Bay Park, Seaview and Ocean Beach were to be sprayed Wednesday and those of Water Island, Atlantique and Summer Club on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. with the pesticide Anvil, officials said.

Besides being annoying, some mosquitoes' bites can transmit West Nile virus to people.

The chances of experiencing health effects from the ground spraying are "quite low," the health department said, but children and pregnant women should avoid exposure if possible by staying clear of the area during spraying and at least 30 minutes after.

Among the "common-sense steps" the department suggests are closing doors, windows and air-conditioning vents during spraying and 30 minutes after.

For details, call Suffolk's spraying information hotline at 631-852-4939 or visit nwsdy.li/spraying.

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