Aerial Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Completion Tonight

Spraying to be completed from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For Immediate Release: Sept. 7, 2012
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON –  Aerial spraying of mosquito pesticide from a fixed wing aircraft over areas near mosquito pools that have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Brandon and Whiting was halted last night due to weather conditions and safety concerns (lightning and poor visibility).

Spraying will be completed tonight (7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.). In the Whiting block, the spraying will take place along Stickney Road and south. The previously identified Brandon area will be sprayed in its entirety.

The pesticide Anvil 10+10 (Sumithrin) will be sprayed in very low volume concentrations at dusk when mosquitoes are most active. The time was changed from 8 p.m. last night to 7:30 p.m. this evening to allow for improved safety and visibility.
 
For a map and more information about spraying and precautions to take for people and animals, go to www.healthvermont.gov, www.vermontagriculture.com, or dial 2-1-1.

The pesticide application is warranted to mitigate the significant public health risk posed by the infected mosquitoes in these areas, according to Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD.

If exposed to these low levels of Anvil, the risk of health effects for people and other mammals is very low. To avoid any exposure, people in the spraying zones should take the following precautions:

All Vermonters should take the following actions to protect themselves from mosquito bites and risk of infection from EEE and West Nile virus:

For more information go Healthvermont.gov or dial 2-1-1.

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