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Aug. 7, 2014

Oswego County Plans Aerial Spraying Friday and Saturday Evenings

Area marked within the black boundary is scheduled for aerial spraying the evenings of Aug. 8 and 9.

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department plans to conduct aerial spraying of approximately 22,775 acres in portions of the towns of Hastings, Mexico, New Haven, Palermo and Volney Friday and Saturday evenings, Aug. 8 and 9, depending on weather conditions. The aerial spray will begin after 6 p.m.

If the spraying is postponed due to weather conditions, residents will be notified through the news media and information will be posted on the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com

County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said a sample of mosquitoes in the northern portion of the town of Palermo recently tested positive for the Eastern equine encephalitis virus. Although aerial spraying can be effective in diminishing mosquito populations, it does not eliminate all mosquitoes.

"Aerial spraying is only a temporary control measure, and it is still very important for people throughout Oswego County to continue their efforts to prevent mosquito bites," said Huang.

People should limit their outdoor activities around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors, and eliminate standing water around the home. Repellants containing DEET are the most effective, but should be used with caution and according to label instructions. Products containing picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are also effective.

The approximate boundaries of the area are as follows: from the southern edge of the village of Mexico, a line from NY RT 69 to NY RT 3 along Munger Hill Road continuing west across NY RT 3 to Hurlbutt Road; Hurlbutt Road west to CR 64; CR 64 west to CR 6; CR 6 south to CR 4; CR 4 east to CR 35; CR 35 south to NY RT 3; NY RT 3 to CR 45; CR 45 east to Jackson Road; Jackson Road east to CR 4. CR 4 south east to the Palermo-Hastings town line; from the Palermo-Hastings town line north to CR 45; CR 45 east to French Street; French Street north to NY RT 69; and NY RT 69 north and west to Munger Hill Road.

Aerial spraying will take place over the course of two consecutive evenings because of the size of the target area. A map of the area is posted on the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com.

The county has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying.

Residents in the area should stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed for one hour after the spraying. Residents are also advised to:

For more information about EEE and other viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext.3564 between 8:30a.m. and 4 p.m. or visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html.

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