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Aug. 14, 2009

Three New Pools of EEE Found in Oswego County

The Oswego County Health Department has received notification that three additional pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.

Two of the pools were collected from the Toad Harbor/Big Bay area on the North Shore of Oneida Lake. These mosquitoes were collected before the August 8, 2009 aerial spraying.

The third pool came from a trapping site located along Villiard Road in the town of Palermo. While the isolation of EEE virus from the Villiard Road location is the first this year, the area has a history of EEE activity. The particular species of mosquito carrying the virus at the Villiard Road site is commonly referred to as the cattail mosquito. They predominate in and around cattail swamps. These mosquitoes do feed on mammals.

"At this time we do not plan to conduct additional aerial spraying, yet we continue to monitor the situation very closely,” said Public Health Director Dr. Dennis Norfleet. “We have increased our surveillance activities in the Villard Road area. As always, we remain in close consultation with research scientists from the New York State Health Department’s arbovirus surveillance program."

"While the chances of a person getting Eastern equine encephalitis are small, residents should continue to take personal protective measures," continues Dr. Norfleet. "The best way to protect yourself is to stay away from any areas where mosquitoes might concentrate, and limit your outside activities during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes will be most active."

To protect against mosquito bites, people should wear shoes and socks, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants when outside around dawn and dusk. Insect repellant containing DEET is most effective. It should be applied over clothing and only used according to the label instructions.

For more information about EEE and other viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes, 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. Evenings and weekends, call the health department’s on-call service at 341-0086. Information is also available on the New York State Department of Health Web site.

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