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Suffolk sets mosquito spraying schedule

As part of Suffolk County's ongoing mosquito control efforts, ground spraying is planned Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m. with the pesticide Anvil on all streets in Davis Park and Point O'Woods on Fire Island, according to the county's health department.

Wednesday, ground spraying with the pesticide Scourge is planned from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. for areas of South Shirley, Mastic Beach and Old Mastic. Also scheduled for Wednesday is ground spraying with the pesticide Anvil from 6 to 10 p.m. on all streets in Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island.

Rescheduled to Thursday, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., is aerial spraying with the pesticide Scourge in West Babylon, Lindenhurst, Copiague and Amityville. That treatment had been canceled Monday because of operational difficulties, the health department said.

Suffolk heath officials said Friday that 22 more mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus, bringing the total this year to 79. A day earlier, officials said that the state Health Department is investigating a probable case of West Nile in a Suffolk resident, who had been "hospitalized for several days and has fully recovered."

As for the spraying, health officials said chances of experiencing medical problems were low but that residents may want to avoid exposure, with children and pregnant women especially advised to stay indoors during the treatment and for 30 minutes after.

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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