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Aerial spraying conducted over the Cicero Swamp

A plane flew over the Cicero Swamp area Tuesday, spraying chemicals to kill some of the mosquito population, according to the Onondaga County Health Department.
Cicero (WSYR-TV) - A plane flew over the Cicero Swamp area Tuesday evening, spraying chemicals to kill some of the mosquito population, according to the Onondaga County Health Department.

Health officials have confirmed two cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, or EEE, found in the same mosquito trap on East Taft Road (near the Totman Road intersection). 

The spray zone includes the area south of Route 31, to Taft Road, between Northern Boulevard and the Chittenango Creek. 

People who live in the spray zone were notified by a telephone call Monday evening. While Onondaga County health officials say the spraying is safe, they do have some advice for neighbors.

Onondaga County's Director of Environmental Health Assessment, Lisa Leteney, said, "The pesticide that we use breaks down very easily, so give it some time the next day in the sunlight, it does break down very quickly."

The spraying will only kill some of the bugs. To avoid illness, it is important to prevent mosquito bites all summer long, using bug spray and wearing long sleeves.
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