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West Nile virus confirmed in mosquitoes near Central Square

The West Nile virus has been confirmed in pool of mosquitoes collected near the village of Central Square.
Oswego (WSYR-TV) – The West Nile virus has been confirmed in pool of mosquitoes collected near the village of Central Square.

The Oswego County Health Department announced the discovery on Wednesday morning after the NYS Department of Health confirmed it on Tuesday.

The mosquitoes were collected on July 24.

There are no known human cases of West Nile virus in Oswego County currently.

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.

Many mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile Virus lay their eggs in stagnant water around the home.

Mosquitoes can breed in any stagnant water that lasts more than four days. 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 the 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.

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