By Racquel Stephen OSWEGO, NY (NCC News), Central New York has been a popular breeding ground for the Eastern Enquine Encaphalitis Virus since the 1970s.
The Triple E virus is a deadly mosquito borne disease that may cause brain swelling in their victims.
The Oswego County swamp lands is always an area for concern, and in 2019 the early detection of the virus is pushing the Oswego Health Department to demand an aerial pesticide spraying of the area.
Oswego’s Director of Public Health, Jiancheng Huang, says many factors must be considered when planning this sort of spraying , and the process takes time.
“This spray is not ‘Oh do air spray we found a mosquito’… we need to get state health department’s approval, we need to get Department of Conservation’s approval,” Huang said. “Also, this is a congested area, and we need approval for an airplane to fly in this area…This procedure, or I call it, paperwork, we are working on it, and it takes time.”
Huang hopes the aerial spraying will begin towards the end of the week, and the focus right now is only Oswego County.
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