Sept. 4, 2013
OSWEGO COUNTY – The New York State Department of Health has notified the Oswego County Health Department that more evidence of the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile (WNV) viruses was found in collections taken on Wednesday, August 28.
Four mosquito pools tested positive for EEE. They include one in the town of New Haven, two in the Toad Harbor Swamp area of West Monroe, and one near the village of Central Square. Two pools near the village of Central Square tested positive for WNV.
The Oswego County Health Department is planning to aerial spray areas where EEE was found. The boundaries of the spray zones and the dates of spraying are being determined and will be announced as soon as they are finalized.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang reminds residents to continue to be proactive in protecting themselves against mosquitoes.
“We are working closely with the state health department to monitor the situation,” said Huang. “People should remain vigilant to prevent exposure to mosquitoes. Personal protection measures are the most effective way to guard against mosquito bites.”The Oswego County Health Department urges residents to follow these precautions:
In addition, residents can take 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 www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/eastern_equine_encephalitis/fact_sheet.htm or http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/fact_sheet.htm
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