OSWEGO, NY – A second horse in southern Oswego County has died of the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, the Oswego County Health Department reported today. The horse, which was stabled on Gristwood Road in the southern portion of the town of Palermo, died Aug. 27.
Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director, said horses are very susceptible to EEE if they are not vaccinated. A horse in the town of Schroeppel died of EEE earlier in August.
“People need to continue to be very careful about limiting their exposure to mosquitoes until later in the fall when there is a killing frost,” said Huang. “We continue to receive positive EEE results in mosquito samples collected in southern and central Oswego County.”
Health officials believe the source of the virus is likely the same areas that were previously treated in Oswego County. The County and State Health Departments continue to monitor the situation.
The County Health Department strongly advises Oswego County residents to:
- Change water in bird baths and horse troughs at least twice a week to discourage mosquito breeding.
- 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.
- Eliminate standing water around the home.
For more information on EEE, visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.