The West Nile Virus has been confirmed in mosquitoes found in an trap off of East Taft Road in the town of Cicero.
This the first time West Nile has been identified in Onondaga County this year.
The Onondaga County 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.