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Aug. 25, 2017

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Oswego County Plans Aerial Spraying Monday, Aug. 28

OSWEGO - Weather permitting, the Oswego County Health Department plans to conduct aerial spraying of approximately 10,000 acres in portions of the towns of Hastings, Constantia, and West Monroe Monday evening, Aug. 28.

Residents within the aerial spray zone will be notified of the aerial spraying by the Hyper-Reach Broadcast Notification Service through Oswego County's E-9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department. If spraying is postponed due to weather conditions, residents will be notified through the news media and information will be posted on the Oswego County website at www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html, or obtained by calling the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., call 315-341-0086.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said mosquito samples recently collected in and around the Toad Harbor Swamp in the towns of Hastings, Constantia and West Monroe tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.

Huang said it is imperative that people take steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes in areas across Oswego County. Aerial spraying can be effective in reducing mosquito populations, but 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 county has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying.

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

The health department received permission and the permits required to conduct aerial spraying from the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation. The product Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin, will be applied in a diluted form.

Oswego County residents who would like to receive community alerts by wireless phones, text messages and TTY may register for the Hyper-Reach Broadcast Notification Service through Oswego County's E-9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department at https://secure.hyper-reach.com/comsignup.jsp?id=12481, or they may contact the E-9-1-1 administrative office at 315-349-8215 or 1-800-679-3911 and request a registration form. Landline phone customers don't need to register because their numbers are provided to the E-9-1-1 department by the telephone companies that serve Oswego County.

OSWEGO COUNTY PLANS AERIAL SPRAYING AUG. 28 - The Oswego County Health Department plans to conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes between 6 and 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28 in portions of the towns of Hastings, West Monroe and Constantia.

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