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Pesticide for West Nile virus to be sprayed

Suffolk County health officials announced Tuesday that West Nile virus was found in two mosquito samples from Northport and West Babylon, and said they will spray pesticide tonight in West Babylon and North Lindenhurst.

The samples were collected June 6 and 7. Another positive sample, collected June 30 in Patchogue, was announced last week. Nassau County officials reported a positive sample Monday.

“The confirmation of West Nile virus in a mosquito pool indicates that the virus is actively circulating within the mosquito population,” Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken said. “While there is no cause for alarm, we urge residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to contain the spread of the virus, which can be debilitating to humans.”

County workers will spray Scourge, a pesticide, in North Lindenhurst and West Babylon from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The area to be sprayed is bounded on the north by Herzel Boulevard, on the east by Little East Neck Road and Great East Neck Road, on the south by the Long Island Rail Road and on the west by Straight Path.

Although officials said the pesticide is unlikely to cause any “adverse health effects,” residents are encouraged to stay inside and keep windows closed during spraying and for 30 minutes after. Pets, laundry and children’s toys, and fruits and vegetables expected to be eaten soon, should be brought inside before spraying.

West Nile virus, first detected in Suffolk County in 1999 and again each year thereafter, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. No humans, horses or birds have tested positive for West Nile virus this year in Suffolk.

Most people infected with the virus will feel mild symptoms or none at all, Tomarken said. Symptoms include fever, headache, neck stiffness and stupor.

As part of the annual mosquito-control efforts, county workers will spray Anvil tonight from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island and will spray Scourge from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in Quiogue, Quogue and East Quogue.

For more information, call the spraying information hotline, 631-852-4939, or visit suffolkcountyny.gov/health, then click on Mosquito Spraying.

 

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