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August 3, 2017

Oswego County Health Department Reports EEE Found in Mosquitoes in Constantia

OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Health Department announced today that Eastern equine encephalitis virus was detected in bird-biting mosquitoes collected last week near the Toad Harbor Swamp in the town of Constantia.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said the county health department is working closely with the New York State Department of Health to monitor EEE virus activity in Oswego County. Huang recommends that people take these steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites and reduce mosquito populations around their homes:

Use insect repellents. Insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are effective. Repellents containing permethrin are meant for clothing and gear and should not be applied directly to the skin. Read the product label for repellents and use according to package instructions.

For more information about protecting your family against mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547 or visit the New York State Department of Health website at http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2731/.

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