County does not plan to spray for West Nile at this time

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County officials have decided to hold off aerial spraying for mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus.

The Town of Hastings board,  however, is the process of conducting its own aerial spraying.

Legislator Amy Tresidder has asked at the two most recent meetings of the legislature if spraying would take place. The answer was no each time.

Friday, Majority Leader Jack Proud issued a memo to legislators explaining the decision.

“In light of the Town of Hastings decision to spray for mosquitoes on their own, as chairman of the Health Committee, I want to bring you up to date on the status of the county’s mosquito control efforts,” Proud wrote. “First, the town board made its decision to spray based on local events and requests regarding West Nile Virus. As you know, Eastern Equine Encephalitis has not been detected in Oswego County yet this year.”

The memo continues, “Due to the unusually dry weather this year, mosquito populations in the county are very low, significantly reducing the risk to humans of infection. Onondaga and Oswego counties have held off on spraying so far this year.”

To date, mosquito samples taken from the New Haven and Central Square areas have tested positive for West Nile virus, however, as of press time, there has been no trace of EEE.

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