July 10, 2015
OSWEGO - With the summer now in full swing, the Oswego County Health Department is reminding peopleto protect themselves from mosquito bites to guard against diseases such as Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nilevirus.
"Our surveillance team is in high gear, monitoring mosquito activity in the area," said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. "These viral infections can cause serious illness such as severe headache, high fever, disorientation, seizures, brain swelling or, in some cases, death,"
Huang explained that the bestdefense people have fromEEE or West Nile is to use personal protection measures to guard against mosquito bites."This means using insect repellent properly, wearing protecting clothing, limiting outdoor exposure when and where mosquitoes are most active, and minimizing their populations around your house and property," said Huang.
Insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are effective but should be used withcare. Repellents containing permethrin are meant for clothing and gear and should not be applied directly to the skin. Also, repellents containing DEET should not be applied to skin under clothing. Read the product label and use according to package instructions.
Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
"We understand that keeping away from the outdoors isnot always practical. If you have to be outside,wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks as weather permits," said Huang.
Other precautions people can take to minimize mosquito populations are to repair or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside, and reduce or eliminate all standing water.
These preventative measures include:
For more information about protecting your family against mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547, or visit the New York State Department of Health website at www.health.ny.gov
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