Mosquito pools in Cicero, Geddes test positive for West Nile Virus

The Onondaga County Health Department says two more pools of mosquitoes gathered in the towns of Cicero and Geddes have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The Cicero trap was found on East Taft Road.

This the first time this season that the Geddes trap has revealed mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus.

The Health Department says it is still monitoring the mosquito population, and trying to eliminate breeding grounds.

The Health Department is reminding people to take precautions to protect against mosquitoes.

The department is urging people to cover exposed areas by wearing shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.

You can also protect against mosquitoes by using repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535.

You should also take measures to reduce the mosquito population around you by:

  • 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

For more information about personal protection measures contact the Onondaga County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health at (315) 435-1649.

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