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September 18, 2013

Oswego County Announces New Test Results and Plans for Aerial Spraying

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 last week.

A pool in the town of West Monroe and another near the village of Central Square both tested positive for EEE. Two pools near the village of Central Square and another in the town of West Monroe each tested positive for WNV.

Aerial spraying is scheduled for Thursday night if weather permits. The area to be sprayed is the Toad Harbor / Big Bay Swamp area near the north shore of Oneida Lake. Specifically, the area includes about 10,000 acres within these boundaries: U.S. Route 11 in Central Square to the west, NYS Route 49 to the north, up to, but not including the village of Constantia to the east; and the shoreline of Oneida Lake to the south. Spraying will not take place over the waters of Oneida Lake.

Residents within the aerial spray boundaries will be notified of the aerial spraying by the Oswego County Hyper-Reach reverse 911 program. They are also advised to close windows and doors and keep them closed until 9 p.m.

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

The Oswego County Health Department has received permission and permits required to conduct aerial spraying from the state Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation. The product Kontrol 30-30, which contains permethrin, will be applied in a diluted form. The county has contracted with Duflo Spray-Chemical from Lowville to conduct the aerial spraying. The procedure is approved by the state Health Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Residents in the spray area should stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed for one hour after the spraying. Residents are also advised to:

The Oswego County Health Department reminds residents that personal protection measures are the most effective way to guard against mosquito bites.

People should 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.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/fact_sheet.htm.

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