Sept. 14, 2012
More Evidence of West Nile Virus Found Before Aerial Spraying
OSWEGO COUNTY - The New York State Department of Health has notified the Oswego County Health Department that evidence of the West Nile virus (WNV) was found in two different mosquito pools collected from the Toad Harbor Swamp area. These locations have both previously tested positive for WNV this summer. The collections were taken from these locations before the county sprayed the area on September 11.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang reminds residents that aerial spraying does not kill all infected mosquitoes and urges people to take steps to prevent mosquito bites.
"Although it is late in the season, it is essential that people throughout Oswego County continue to be proactive in protecting themselves through the first couple of hard frosts. Personal protection measures are the most effective way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases," said Huang.
The Oswego County Health Department urges residents to continue taking the following precautions:
In addition, residents can follow these protective measures to minimize mosquito populations in and around their homes and properties:
For more information, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3547 or visit the New York State Department of Health's Web site at http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/fact_sheet.htm.
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