More Evidence of West Nile Virus Found

OSWEGO COUNTY – The New York State Department of Health has notified the Oswego County Health Department that further evidence of the West Nile virus (WNV) was found in two different mosquito pools that were submitted for testing on Friday, September 6. Both pools are located in the town of West Monroe.

Tonight’s spraying postponed

Aerial spraying of the target area in central Oswego County was completed on Tuesday, September 10. The area encompasses approximately 15,000 acres in portions of the towns of Mexico, New Haven, Palermo, Scriba and Volney.

The Oswego County Health Department has postponed its plans to spray the Toad Harbor / Big Bay Swamp area today (Sept. 11). Weather permitting, aerial spraying will resume on Thursday, September 12.

In order for spraying to be effective, foliage needs to be relatively dry and the weather should be rain free for at least 30 minutes after the pesticide is applied.

“Based upon the unsettled forecast we’ve reviewed from multiple sources for tonight, coupled with the high threat of severe thunderstorms, the aerial spraying has been postponed,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang.

People should continue to limit their outdoor activities around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors, and eliminate standing water around the home. Repellants containing DEET are the most effective, but should be used with caution and according to label instructions.”

Products containing picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are also effective.

For more information, 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.  After 4 p.m., call 341-0086

The Oswego County Health Department urges people to continue to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

Residents should follow these precautions:

Use insect repellent properly. Those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are most effective but should be used with care.

Read the product label and use according to package instructions.

Limit outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and between dusk and dawn which is the peak mosquito biting time.

If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks as weather permits.

In addition, residents can take these protective measures to minimize mosquito populations in and around their homes and properties:

Repair or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
Reduce or eliminate all standing water from pails, recycling containers, wheelbarrows, wading pools, pool covers and similar water-holding containers.
Clear roof gutters, remove leaf debris from yards and gardens, and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.

For more information, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3547 or visit the New York State Department of Health’s Web site at