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Deadly encephalitis found in St. Lawrence County

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St. Lawrence County health officials don't plan to spray for mosquitoes, even though a horse has been found with the deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis. A 4-year old girl died of triple-E earlier this summer in Central New York. Oswego County health officials there sprayed to kill mosquitoes.

Sue Hathaway is director of the St. Lawrence County health department. She says Central New York has seen many incidence of the disease, so it made sense for them to spray.

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“Really with just one incident here in the County, all we’ll be doing is watching and advising the public to take normal precautions.  To try to avoid being out in mosquito areas at dawn and at dusk and at night when they’re out thicker.”

Hathaway recommends wearing bug spray if you must be out at night.  She is also asking people to get rid of standing water, and change the water for animals at least twice a week. 

Hathaway says the horse found with triple-E was put down.  She says the viral disease is spread by mosquitoes - animals can’t give it to one another.  

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