OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department reported that the Eastern equine encephalitis virus has been found in three new mosquito samples collected last week.
They were all taken from West Monroe’s Toad Harbor Big Bay Swamp area.
The mosquitoes were collected during routine sampling conducted by the Oswego County Health Department and the New York State Department of Health and sent to the state health department’s Wadsworth Center Laboratories near Albany for testing.
“We are closely monitoring mosquito and virus activities as well as weather conditions in the area,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang.
He stressed the most effective way to prevent mosquito bites is to continue practicing personal protection measures.
The Oswego County Health Department advises people to limit their outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, and to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors.
Another personal protection measure is to apply a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus to prevent mosquito bites.
It should not be applied to the face and adults should not put the repellent directly onto children’s skin.
Instead, they should put it on their hands and then apply it to the child. Insect repellents should be used according to label instructions.
Residents are also asked to help minimize mosquito populations in and around their houses and properties by eliminating all standing water around the home and repairing or replacing all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
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 8:30a.m. and 4 p.m. or visit the New York State Department of Health Web site at www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/eastern_equine_encephalitis/fact_sheet.htm