OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department is saddened to confirm that the individual who was hospitalized with Eastern Equine Encephalitis has died.
The person was an adult resident of the town of Albion.
“Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang.
To comply with federal law and protect the privacy of this patient and of the family, additional details about the individual cannot be shared with the public.
“EEE is a rare but serious viral disease that is spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes,” said Huang. “The virus will remain in our environment until the first heavy frost occurs. Until that time, people in all areas of Oswego County need to remain vigilant and fully protect themselves from mosquito bites.”
Huang advises that personal protection measures are the most effective ways to prevent mosquito bites.
“Many of us are enjoying the fall season by spending a lot of time outside. It is important to remember that mosquitoes are still active this time of year and we all need to continue using personal protection measures when we take part in outdoor activities.”
These actions include:
• Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and shoes and socks when outdoors for long periods of time and at dawn and dusk.
• Using mosquito repellent. Repellents 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.
• Emptying pails, containers, swimming pool covers and other outdoor items that hold water around the home and yard.
• Repairing or replacing broken screens in doors and windows.
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 8:30 a.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