July 29, 2004
Oswego County Health Department Reminds People to Protect Against Mosquitoes
The Oswego County Health Department is advising residents to take personal protective measures against mosquitoes this summer. This is especially important because the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been found near Cicero Swamp in Onondaga County.
"Historically, when the EEE virus appears in Onondaga County, it frequently turns up in Oswego County as well," said Oswego County Health Commissioner Kathleen Smith.
People can reduce their chances of being exposed to viruses carried by mosquitoes by using insect repellents, and by reducing the mosquito population around their homes.
Insect repellents that contain DEET are effective but should be used with caution.
"DEET comes in many different concentrations, with percentages ranging from as low as five percent to as high as 100 percent," said Smith. "Make sure to read the label for safety instructions and always follow the directions on the package."
Here are some basic safety tips to remember when using insect repellents:
For more information about viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or visit the New York State Department of Health web site at www.health.state.ny.us.
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