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August 24, 2011

More EEE Found In Oswego County

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OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Health Department reported that the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been found in five more mosquito samples collected in the West Monroe's Toad Harbor Big Bay Swamp area and in the towns of Hastings and Albion.

The mosquitoes were collected last week during routine sampling conducted by the Oswego County Health Department and the New York State Department of Health. The pools were sent to the state health department's Wadsworth Center Laboratories near Albany for testing.

Testing also confirmed that a horse in the town of Amboy died as a result of contracting the EEE virus. Veterinarians recommend that horses be vaccinated against the EEE virus to lower their chance of infection.

The Oswego County Health Department has decided to expand its targeted aerial spray area based on this new information. The additional target area is in the vicinity of Dugway in the towns of Albion and Parish. The approximate boundaries are bordered on the west by U.S. Route 81, to the south by Kipp Road to the intersection of Searles Road; Searles Road north to Canfield Road; and Canfield Road east to county Route 22. From this intersection, east to the intersection of White Hill Road and Churchill Road; Churchill Road north to New York State Route 104; New York State Route 104 west to Albion Cross Road; north on Albion Cross Road to Bull Run Road; then a line from this point to U.S. Route 81.

Weather permitting, the Oswego County Health Department will conduct aerial spraying tomorrow tonight, Thursday, August 25 after 6 p.m. The aerial spray will first resume in the central portion of the county that was started on Tuesday, August 23 to finish that area. Spraying will then move to the new target area as time and weather permits and any remaining area will be finished on a subsequent night.

If the spraying is postponed due to weather conditions, residents will be notified through the news media and information will also be posted on the Oswego County Web site at oswegocounty.com.

Aerial spraying is a control measure that will help to reduce the risk of human infection from the Eastern equine encephalitis virus. The virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and is considered a threat to public health throughout Oswego County.

The county health department has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical Inc. of Lowville to apply the pesticide Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin, in several areas of Oswego County that are known to harbor the EEE virus.

Oswego County Public Health Director Dr. Dennis Norfleet emphasizes that aerial spraying is a temporary, partial measure to control the spread of EEE. People should continue to limit their outdoor activities around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors, and eliminate standing water around the home. Insect repellents should be used according to the label instructions.

A copy of the Kontrol 30-30 pesticide label and MSDS including all warnings, can be found on the Oswego County Web site at oswegocounty.com/health or obtained by calling 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. After 4 p.m., call 315-341-0086.

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 8:30a.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

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