July 24, 2012
West Nile Virus Found in New Haven, Oswego County
NEW HAVEN, NY - Jiancheng Huang, Public Health Director of the Oswego County Health Department, announced today that the New York State Department of Health found evidence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes in the Town of New Haven. There are no known human cases of West Nile virus in Oswego County.
Huang said the mosquitoes were collected July 17 and submitted to the New York State Health Department for testing of mosquito-borne viruses. Oswego County was notified Tuesday that the sample tested positive for West Nile virus. The county Health Department collects mosquitoes from several sites around the county to monitor for mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis.
There has been no evidence of Eastern equine encephalitis detected in Oswego County at this time.
"This is the third confirmed evidence of West Nile virus in Oswego County this year," said Huang. "The West Nile virus was detected earlier this month in the village of Central Square. Protecting yourself from mosquito bites is the best way to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses. In all areas of Oswego County, people should use insect repellents and continue to be proactive in protecting themselves and their families from mosquito bites."
The Oswego County Health Department advises residents to take the following precautions:
In addition, people should take action to minimize mosquito populations in and around their homes and properties:
For more information about West Nile or other mosquito-borne viruses, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564, or visit the New York State Department of Health Web site at http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/fact_sheet.htm.
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