More Evidence of West Nile Virus Found Before Aerial Spraying

OSWEGO COUNTY – The New York State Department of Health has notified the Oswego County Health Department that evidence of the West Nile virus (WNV) was found in two different mosquito pools collected from the Toad Harbor Swamp area.

These locations have both previously tested positive for WNV this summer. The collections were taken from these locations before the county sprayed the area on September 11.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang reminds residents that aerial spraying does not kill all infected mosquitoes and urges people to take steps to prevent mosquito bites.

“Although it is late in the season, it is essential that people throughout Oswego County continue to be proactive in protecting themselves through the first couple of hard frosts. Personal protection measures are the most effective way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases,” said Huang.

The Oswego County Health Department urges residents to continue taking the following 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 follow 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 http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/fact_sheet.htm