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Additional Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus
September 02, 2011

 Additional Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus and West Nile Virus in Onondaga County

Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Dr. Cynthia B. Morrow announced today that the New York State Department of Health’s laboratory has reported additional evidence of both Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquito pools.  Mosquito pools collected from
August 23 – August 25, 2011 on Route 298 and on Taft Road, both in the Town of Cicero, were identified as having EEE In addition, WNV was identified in mosquito pools collected from   
August 17 – August 25, 2011 in mosquito traps on Midler Avenue in the City of Syracuse, Gerelock Road in the Town of Geddes, and also on Taft Road and Route 298 both in the Town of Cicero.   All of the mosquito pools were collected before aerial spraying of the Cicero Swamp. Morrow reinforced, “These findings provide further evidence that the public must continue to practice personal protection measures.”
It is essential that the public continue to take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to keep your yard free from standing water to reduce the mosquito population near your home. Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn. Personal protection is advised during outdoor activities. Personal protection measures include wearing shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outside for a long period of time. Applying a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535 is also recommended to prevent mosquito bites. Do not put the repellent directly onto children. Put it on your hands and apply it to your child. Do not put insect repellent on your face. Wash skin and clothing after returning indoors. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for application.
The following are ways of helping to reduce mosquito breeding grounds:
  • Throw away outdoor tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or containers that hold water
  • Remove all tires from your property
  • Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors
  • Clean clogged rain gutters and make sure they continue to work properly
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use
  • Change water in bird baths at least every four days
  • Clear vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds
  • Clean chlorinated swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs
  • Drain water from pool covers
  • Use landscaping to eliminate low spots where standing water accumulates
For more information about personal protection measures contact the Onondaga County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health at 435-1649. For weekly mosquito borne disease updates visit: http://ongov.net/health/mosquitoborne.html



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