OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department reported today that the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been found in several more mosquito samples collected in the towns of West Monroe and Hastings during routine testing conducted by the county and state health departments.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang emphasizes that people in Oswego County need to continue to use personal protective measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
The county health department plans to conduct aerial spraying Saturday evening, Aug. 30, between 6 and 9 p.m. in the Big Bay/ Toad Harbor Swamp area.
“Most human EEE cases occur in late summer and early autumn in Oswego County and in northeastern regions of the country,” said Huang. “The virus is still active in our area. We are not out of the woods yet. It is very important that we continue to protect ourselves against mosquitoes when we are outdoors.”
These personal protection measures include applying a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus to prevent mosquito bites. People should also continue to limit their outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active; wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors; and eliminate standing water around the home to reduce mosquito breeding sites.
Aerial spraying is a control measure to diminish mosquito populations which will help to reduce the risk of human infection from the EEE virus. It will not eliminate all mosquitoes, some of which transmit the virus, and impose a public health threat to Oswego County.
The product Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin, will be applied in a diluted form. The county has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying. The procedure is approved by the state Health Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Links to the Kontrol 30-30 label and msds are posted on the Oswego County Web site at:
“We have been working closely with Duflo Spray-Chemical to choose an optimal evening to conduct the aerial spraying,” Huang continued. “Ideally, the aerial spray is most effective when it is applied during an evening with warmer temperatures, calm to light winds, and no precipitation.”
The area to be sprayed was previously sprayed in early August and includes about 10,000 acres within these boundaries: U.S. Route 11 in Central Square to the west, NYS Route 49 to the north, up to but not including the village of Constantia to the east; and the shoreline of Oneida Lake to the south. Spraying will not take place over the waters of Oneida Lake.
Residents within the aerial spray boundaries will be notified of the aerial spraying by the Oswego County Hyper-Reach reverse 911 program. If the spraying is postponed due to weather conditions, residents will be notified through the news media and information will be posted on the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com.
People in the target area should stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed for one hour after the spraying. They are also advised to:
Keep pets indoors.
Close the vents on window air conditioners so that outside air doesn’t enter the home for one hour.
Remove outdoor toys, outdoor furniture, and clothing from the clothesline. Items left outdoors should be washed thoroughly with soap and water before using.
If you are driving through an area while spraying takes place, close your car windows and vents.
Cover gardens, or rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables thoroughly before cooking or eating.
A copy of the pesticide label and MSDS including all warnings, and fact sheets about permethrin aerial spraying can be found on the Oswego County Web site at http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html, or obtained by calling 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.
After 4 p.m., call 341-0086.