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West Nile Virus found in West Monroe mosquitoes

More evidence of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus has been discovered in the Oswego County community of West Monroe.
West Monroe (WSYR-TV) – More evidence of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus has been discovered in the Oswego County community of West Monroe.

The mosquitoes were collected near the Toad Harbor Swamp. The New York State Health Department confirmed that the virus was found in the mosquitoes on Aug. 20. The mosquitoes were collected on Aug. 7.

On Monday, the Onondaga County Health Department confirmed the first death in county history that could be attributed to West Nile virus.

Samples collected in New Haven and Central Square in Oswego County have also tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Oswego County Health Department advises residents to take the following precautions:

  • Use insect repellent properly. Repellents containing DEET or picaridin are the most effective and should be used according to package instructions.
  • Whenever possible, limit outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and between dusk and dawn which is the peak mosquito-biting time.
  • As weather permits, wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks.

In addition, people should follow these protection measures to minimize mosquito populations in and around their homes and properties:

  • Install or repair all door and window screens.
  • Reduce or eliminate all standing water from old tires, pails, recycling containers, flower pots, wheelbarrows, wading pools and pool covers.
  • Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.
For more information about West Nile or other mosquito-borne viruses, call the Oswego County Health Department at (315) 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547, or visit the New York State Department of Health website at www.health.state.ny.us.
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