Aug. 26, 2016
Oswego County Health Department Reports EEE in West Monroe
OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department was notified Thursday that the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus was detected in bird-biting mosquitoes collected Aug. 19 on Toad Harbor Road in West Monroe.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said that the New York State Department of Health has released updated test results regarding EEE and West Nile virus activity. Additional tests showed that the report of positive West Nile virus in the towns of New Haven and Albion earlier this week was negative. Yesterday the state notified the Oswego County Health Department that no West Nile activity has been detected in Oswego County.
Huang said people should continue to be vigilant and take measures to protect themselves from mosquitoes.
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. Repellents containing DEET should not be applied to skin under clothing. Read the product label and use according to package instructions.
Health officials recommend that people take these steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes and reduce mosquito populations around their homes:
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