MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - The threat of more rain has health experts in Chautauqua County on edge. The water could be a boom for mosquitoes, which tests show are carrying a potentially deadly virus.
The county hired a company to come in an do aerial spraying. Sunday, the planes sprayed a pesticide on an area near the towns of Carroll and Kiantone. Chautauqua County Health Commissioner Christine Schuyler says the spraying went well. Tests on the areas that were sprayed showed 75 percent of mosquitoes in that area were positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
Crews are working to make sure the virus doesn't spread. Jeffrey Duflo, president of Duflo Spray Chemical, says there is no reason to worry about your health because of the spraying.
"Mathematically, if you sprayed up one arm and down the other with a can of Off, you'd be applying 80 times more product than if you stood outside under the aircraft this evening."
Water resource specialist Bill Boria added, "It's real important because we want to stop any potential spread of EEE in Chautauqua County. This is the only time it's been identified here."
Schuyler says the state is picking up more mosquitoes from traps on Monday and Tuesday. She hopes to have those test results back later this week.
Once the results are in, she will determine what steps to take next.
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