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September 3, 2019

Two Horses Tested Positive for EEE Virus

OSWEGO COUNTY - The Oswego County Health Department reported today that two more horses, located in the towns of Albion and Amboy, tested positive for the Eastern equine encephalitis virus. Both horses were euthanized last week. It is estimated that they were infected before the aerial spraying on Aug. 20.

The county health department continues to work with the New York State Department of Health to monitor mosquito activity and will take appropriate actions based on consultations with state and regional partners.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said that it is vital for people to take steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes in all areas of the county.

He said, "Aerial spraying was effective in reducing mosquito populations, but it does not eliminate all mosquitoes. It is still very important for people to continue their efforts to prevent exposure to mosquitoes."

People should limit their outdoor activities around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active; use insect repellents and wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks when outdoors; and eliminate standing water around the home.

Repellents 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.

An EEE vaccine is available for horses and other large animals. Check with your veterinarian to help protect livestock from the virus.

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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