OSWEGO COUNTY – The New York State Department of Health has notified the Oswego County Health Department that more evidence of the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile (WNV) viruses was found in collections taken August 28.
Four mosquito pools tested positive for EEE. They include one in the town of New Haven, two in the Toad Harbor Swamp area of West Monroe, and one near the village of Central Square. Two pools near the village of Central Square tested positive for WNV.
The Oswego County Health Department is planning to aerial spray areas where EEE was found. The boundaries of the spray zones and the dates of spraying are being determined and will be announced as soon as they are finalized.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang reminds residents to continue to be proactive in protecting themselves against mosquitoes.
“We are working closely with the state health department to monitor the situation,” said Huang. “People should remain vigilant to prevent exposure to mosquitoes. Personal protection measures are the most effective way to guard against mosquito bites.”
The Oswego County Health Department urges residents to follow these precautions:
Use insect repellent properly. Those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are most effective but should be used with care. Read the product label and use according to package instructions.
Limit outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and between dusk and dawn which is the peak mosquito biting time.
If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks as weather permits.
In addition, residents can take these protective measures to minimize mosquito populations in and around their homes and properties:
Repair or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
Reduce or eliminate all standing water from pails, recycling containers, wheelbarrows, wading pools, pool covers and similar water-holding containers.
Clear roof gutters, remove leaf debris from yards and gardens, and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.
For more information, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3547 or visit the New York State Department of Health’s Web site at www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/eastern_equine_encephalitis/fact_sheet.htm or http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/fact_sheet.htm