May 16, 2011
Oswego County Health Department Reminds People to Protect Against Mosquitoes
With several weeks of wet weather already this spring, the Oswego County Health Department is reminding people they will need to be extra vigilant to protect against mosquito bites this spring and summer.
"Although the chances of a person becoming ill are small, mosquito-borne viruses such as Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile can cause serious illness or death," said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Public Health Director for the Oswego County Health Department.
"There are simple precautions that you can to reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, reduce or eliminate all standing water:
People can reduce their chances of being exposed to viruses carried by mosquitoes by using insect repellents. The Oswego County Health Department advises people to:
Insect repellents that contain DEET or picaridin are effective but should be used with caution.
"Make sure to read the label and use according to package instructions," said Dr. Norfleet.
For more information about protecting your family against mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564, or visit the New York State Department of Health Web site at www.health.state.ny.us.
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