Madison County plans aerial spraying after additional EEE found

Recent mosquito surveillance activities by Madison County have provided more evidence of Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE). EEE was detected in two additional mosquito pools collected recently on Moore Road in the Town of Sullivan. A total of five mosquito pools in the Town of Sullivan have now tested positive for EEE.

Due to the continued detection of EEE at this time, the chairman of the Board of Supervisors anticipates declaring a state of emergency on Monday, Aug. 25, in order to enact an agreement to conduct aerial spraying. In anticipation of this declaration, Madison County Health Department is making plans for aerial spraying in the Town of Sullivan as soon as Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Weather and wind permitting, aerial spraying is expected to occur as soon as the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 26. In the event of poor weather, spraying may occur the next appropriate day. Further details on the day and time of spraying will be announced through the news media and by phone calls to landlines in affected areas using the NY-Alert system to ensure the public has the opportunity to prepare in advance.

Steps to Take to Prepare for Spraying:

Although the chances of experiencing any health effects from spraying are low, the following steps will help you reduce possible exposures to pesticides before and during spraying:

✓If possible, stay inside during the expected time of spraying or avoid that area whenever spraying takes place and for about 30 minutes after spraying. That time period will greatly reduce the chance of breathing in pesticides in the air.

✓Children and pregnant women should avoid exposure when practical.

✓Close windows and doors and turn-off window air-conditioning units or close their vents to circulated indoor air before spraying begins. Windows and air-conditioner vents can be reopened about 30 minutes after spraying.

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