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Aerial Mosquito Spraying Planned Sunday for Chautauqua County

11:19 AM, Aug 25, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - If you decide to take a walk  on the trails in Chautauqua County be aware there's an itching problem.
Signs have been posted altering folks to spray when outdoors.

Mosquitoes infected with ' Eastern Equine Encephalitis ' have been found in Mosquito pools tested at Audubon Center and Sanctuary.

"This is a forested wetland and swamp area and these Mosquito aren't breeding everywhere just these wetlands," Christine Schuyler with the Chautauqua County Department of Health said.

This is the first time Mosquitoes infected with the EEE virus have been found in Western New York.

"The Mosquitoes so far only feeds on birds -- so they don't feed on mammals such as horses or people," Schuyler said.

But measures are still being taken. The Chautauqua County Board of Health has authorized aerial spraying that will cover 6300 acres in the area. It will take place Sunday starting at 7 pm and folks are advised to stay inside an hour after spraying occurs.

Permits have been issues by the state and the epa advises the pesticide to be used with caution.

"It not something you even notice is falling from the sky and there is no run off and no effect on wildlife," Schuyler said.

No people have gotten sick so far from  the infected Mosquitoes, but it's all being taken very seriously.

"So you've got better than a third of a chance of dying of you are infested with the virus -- that's really high for any sort of virus and even those who survive-- are left with severe brain damage."

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