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Aug. 30, 2017

Aerial Spraying Helped; EEE and WNV still active in Oswego County

OSWEGO - Initial surveillance shows that aerial spraying of Toad Harbor Swamp on Aug. 28 was effective in reducing the number of mosquitoes, but people should continue to be vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquito bites, Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said today.

"The county and state health departments continue to monitor mosquito and mosquito-borne virus activities in Oswego County," said Huang. "Several new samples of mosquitoes collected prior to the Aug. 28 aerial spray have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus, according to test results released today by the New York State Department of Health. Most of the virus activity is in the area that was treated by aerial spraying Aug. 28."

Huang said that in Oswego County, 14 pools of mosquitoes tested positive for EEE and 13 pools tested positive for West Nile virus. These samples were collected before the Aug. 28 aerial spray. No new locations were reported for viral activities within Oswego County. EEE positive pools were all found in the Toad Harbor and Big Bay Swamps and adjacent areas. West Nile virus is widespread in central New York counties, including Oswego.

Huang said it is very important that people continue to take steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes in all areas of Oswego County. Aerial spraying can be effective in reducing mosquito populations, but it does not eliminate all mosquitoes.

People should limit their outdoor activities around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors, and eliminate standing water around the home. Repellants containing DEET are the most effective, but should be used with caution and according to label instructions. Products containing picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are also effective.

Oswego County residents who would like to receive aerial spray and other community alerts by wireless phones, text messages and TTY may register for the Hyper-Reach Broadcast Notification Service through

Oswego County's E-9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department at https://secure.hyper-reach.com/comsignup.jsp?id=12481, or they may contact the E-9-1-1 administrative office at 315-349-8215 or 1-800-679-3911 and request a registration form. Landline phone customers don't need to register because their numbers are provided to the E-9-1-1 department by the telephone companies that serve Oswego County.

For more information about EEE and other viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays or visit the Oswego County Health Department's website at http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html. After 4 p.m., call 315-341-0086.

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