Aerial Spraying helped, but more samples test positive for EEE in Oswego County


OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department announced today (Aug. 21) that aerial spraying conducted Sunday, Aug. 16, was very effective in reducing the number of mosquitoes in the 10,000-acre target area in the towns of Hastings, West Monroe and Constantia near the north shore of Oneida Lake.

The state health department lab recently reported that additional samples tested positive for EEE. These samples were collected prior to the Aug. 16 spray event and were all from within the area that was targeted for reducing the mosquito population. The county and state health departments are continuing to monitor mosquito and mosquito-borne virus activities in Oswego County.

Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said it is very important that people continue to take steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes in all areas of Oswego County. Aerial spraying can be effective in reducing mosquito populations, but it does not eliminate all mosquitoes.

People should limit their outdoor activities around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors, and eliminate standing water around the home.

Repellents containing DEET are the most effective, but should be used with caution and according to label instructions. Products containing picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are also effective.

Oswego County residents who would like to receive aerial spray and other community alerts by wireless phones, text messages and TTY may register for the Hyper-Reach Broadcast Notification Service through Oswego County’s E-9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department at https://secure.hyper-reach.com/comsignup.jsp?id=12481, or they may contact the E-9-1-1 administrative office at 349-8215 or 1-800-679-3911 and request a registration form.

Landline phone customers don’t need to register because their numbers are provided to the E-9-1-1 department by the telephone companies that serve Oswego County.

For more information about EEE and other viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays or visit the Oswego County Health Department’s website at http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html.  After 4 p.m., call 341-0086.