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EEE, West Nile virus confirmed in Onondaga County

The Onondaga County Health Department announced that the state health department confirmed that EEE and West Nile virus were found in a mosquito pool.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Onondaga County Health Department announced that the state health department confirmed that EEE and West Nile virus were found in a mosquito pool.

The pool was collected from a trap on East Taft Road on Sept. 4.

The county said that it does not plan on aerial spraying because of low numbers of mosquitoes and cooler weather.

The health department has outlined a number of precautions people can take against mosquitoes:

Using personal protection measures is a key way in helping to reduce the risk of illness from mosquitoes. 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 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


More information is available through the Health Department’s website: www.ongov.net/health.

They can also be reached by calling (315) 435-1649.
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