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Friday, August 19, 2011

US : In light of EEE death, county opts to spray

Via Pall Times, excerpt :

" Two days after a New Haven girl succumbed to eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a news conference was held Tuesday by the county Health Department announcing that the county has taken steps in preparation of spraying areas affected by the virus.

Dr. Dennis Norfleet, the director of public health for Oswego County, and County Administrator Phil Church held the press conference late Tuesday afternoon at the county Health Department building, on Bunner Street, in Oswego. Maggie Sue Glenister Wilcox, of New Haven, passed away Sunday morning at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, in Syracuse, after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

On Monday, Norfleet had issued a release stating that the county would not spray affected areas because there was a lower mosquito infection rate this year. On Tuesday, he announced that he had submitted a letter to the New York State Department of Health declaring an emergency as to allow aerial spraying in areas where high concentrations of mosquitoes carrying EEE have been found."

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