Spraying to wipe out mosquitoes with deadly virus begins in Old Brookville

Nassau County began spraying Wednesday in Old Brookville to wipe out mosquitoes carrying a potentially deadly virus.

A horse in Old Brookville that was put down for brain disease tested positive Sunday for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Health officials say the virus is similar to West Nile virus and can be fatal in humans.

Nassau County will next conduct aerial sprayings of pesticides to kill the mosquitoes Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Health officials say the pesticides, which quickly degrade, pose no threat to people. However, residents are urged to stay indoors during the spraying. Health officials also say residents should cover pools and outdoor furniture and keep windows and doors closed.

Officials say they plan to spray more than 8,000 acres between Wednesday and Thursday.

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Related Links: Suffolk Pesticide Spraying Notification Suffolk County Division of Vector Control - 631-852-4270 Suffolk Spraying Information Hotline - 631-852-4939 Nassau Mosquito Control Program Spraying Information for Nassau County - 516-571-2500 (weekdays from 9AM-4:45 PM) Information about Scourge Facts About Eastern Equine Encephalitis CDC Information on Eastern Equine Encephalitis

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