County Health Department Reports EEE and West Nile Virus Found in Palermo, West Monroe – Oswego County Today

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department reported that Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) was found in a mosquito pool (sample) in the city of Palermo, and West Nile (WNV) was found in a pool at Toad Harbor Swamp in the town of West Monroe.

Both mosquito samples were collected last week. The Palermo site is the same location where EEEV was reported last month, and the West Monroe location is adjacent to a site where both EEEV and WNV have been detected in mosquitoes for the past few weeks.

Oswego County continues to work with the New York State Department of Health to monitor the situation.

Mosquito populations have been low this year due to generally hot and dry summer weather. However, periods of rain can lead to the hatching of mosquito eggs and lead to an increase in the number of mosquitoes.

The health department reminds people that personal protective practices are the best defense against mosquito bites. Avoid peak mosquito times at dusk and dawn. Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants, socks and shoes. Use insect repellent when participating in outdoor activities.

Insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil are effective. Repellents containing permethrin are intended for clothing and equipment and should not be applied directly to the skin. Read the product label on the repellents and follow the directions on the package.

Residents are also urged to take steps to reduce mosquito breeding sites around their homes and properties.

  • Repair or replace window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Reduce or eliminate any standing water around your home or property.
  • Get rid of old tires as they are an important breeding ground for mosquitoes. Used tires are accepted at transfer stations in Oswego County. Contact the Oswego County Solid Waste Department at 315-591-9200 for details.
  • Empty or discard buckets, canisters, flower pots or similar water containers.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.
  • Clear the gutters and make sure they drain properly.
  • Turn wheelbarrows and paddling pools over when not in use.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and drain pool covers.
  • Change water in birdbaths and horse waterers twice a week.
  • Remove leaf debris from yards and gardens and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

The Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District (OCSWCD) is again distributing free mosquito dip kits for use in certain circumstances. The kits contain a larvicide and should be used according to the instructions provided.

Homeowners can pick up a kit with instructions at their local municipal facility or at the OCSWCD front door at 3105 NYS Rte. 3, Fulton. For more information on Mosquito Soak Kits, call 315-592-9663 or go to www.oswegosoilandwater.com.

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

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