OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department reported today that the Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE) was detected in a sample of mosquitoes collected last week near the village of Central Square.
Monitoring shows that although the Aug. 16 aerial spraying was very effective in reducing the number of mosquitoes near the north shore of Oneida Lake, the EEE virus is still present in the environment.
Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said today (Aug. 26) it is extremely important that people continue to take steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes in all areas of Oswego County.
The following precautions should be taken:
– Use insect repellent properly. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus are the most effective and should be used according to package instructions.
– Certain other EPA-approved products containing permethrin can be used on clothing, shoes, bed netting and camping gear to repel and kill mosquitoes and a number of other pests such as ticks. Read the product label and use according to package instructions.
– Whenever possible, limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
– As weather permits, wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks.
– Repair or replace torn window and door screens.
– Empty or dispose of pails, cans, flower pots, or similar water-holding containers.
– Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.
– Clear roof gutters and be sure they drain properly.
– Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use.
– Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and drain pool covers.
– Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.
– Remove leaf debris from yards and gardens and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
– Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
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.