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More mosquito spraying set for Suffolk

An undated file photo of a mosquito.

An undated file photo of a mosquito. Credit: Getty Images

As part of Suffolk County's ongoing mosquito control efforts, ground spraying with the pesticide Scourge is planned for Wednesday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. for areas of South Shirley, Mastic Beach and Old Mastic, according to the county's health department.

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.

On Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. ground spraying with the pesticide Anvil is planned for all streets in Fire Island Pines, Water Island, Atlantique and Summer Club on Fire Island.

Also to be treated on Thursday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. are areas of South Huntington and Huntington Station, where ground spraying will be conducted using Scourge.

The spraying has become increasingly important as both Nassau and Suffolk counties try to contain the West Nile virus, which is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes. The counties also encourage residents to eliminate stagnant water, in which mosquitoes breed, from around their homes.

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."

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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.

The treatments are weather permitting, says the health department.

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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