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Mosquito Pool Found Positive for West Nile Virus
August 01, 2017

Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Indu Gupta MD, MPH, has been notified that a mosquito pool from the East Taft Road trap in the  town of Cicero has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).  This is the first finding of WNV this year.   Dr. Gupta explained, “It is extremely important that people use personal protection measures to help reduce their risk of being bitten by a mosquito.” Gupta also explained that it is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites, especially if you live in or visit woodland areas, work outside, or are involved in outdoor activities.

Reducing exposure to mosquitoes is the best way to protect yourself from WNV and other mosquito-borne viruses. Personal protection is recommended during outdoor activities by wearing shoes, 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. 
 
 

  • It is also important to reduce mosquito breeding grounds, thereby reducing the mosquito population:
  • Throw away outdoor 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 (315) 435-1649.
 



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