Health Department confirms EEE found in Cicero

Published 07/29 2014 02:52PM

Updated 07/30 2014 09:52AM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Health officials say EEE has been found in a pool of mosquitoes collected in Cicero shortly before the county conducted spraying in the area.

They say the mosquitoes were collected from a location on East Taft Road near the Totman Road intersection on July 22.

Onondaga County conducted spraying later the same day because of pools infected with EEE that had been found previously, as well as the high mosquito count.

The health department says the development further highlights the need for people to remain vigilant for mosquitoes.

The department offers a number of tips for reducing mosquito breeding grounds:
  • 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.

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