Submitted by Oswego County
Oswego County Public Health Director Dr. Dennis Norfleet said today that mosquitoes carrying Eastern equine encephalitis are still present in the Toad Harbor area and residents should continue to take measures to protect themselves against mosquito bites.
â€œThe aerial spray we conducted Aug. 5 was effective in reducing the mosquito population on the north shore of Oneida Lake. However, surveillance shows that the virus is still present,â€ said Dr. Norfleet. â€œPeople need to be very cautious to prevent exposure to mosquitoes. We are working closely with the state health department to monitor the situation and will continue to do so.â€
Any decision regarding additional spraying will depend on the results of continued monitoring and consultation with the state health department.
People should use insect repellents when they are outside, and reduce the mosquito population around their homes by emptying pails, swimming pool covers, flower pots and other containers of standing water around the home and yard.
The County Health Department advises Oswego County residents to:
Use insect repellents according to label instructions.
Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt if you are outdoors for long periods of time, and when mosquitoes are most active, between dusk and dawn.
Replace or repair broken screens.
â€œInsect repellents that contain DEET are effective but should be used with caution,â€ said Dr. Norfleet.
For more information, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or visit the New York State Department of Health web site at http://www.nyhealth.gov/diseases/communicable/eastern_equine_encephalitis/fact_sheet.htm