Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The Oswego County Health Department has detected the EEE virus, along with West Nile, in mosquito pools collected in Central Square.
The Oswego County Public Health Director says the county has begun the process to obtain the necessary permits for aerial spraying of areas where EEE was found and will notify the public through when the aerial spraying schedule is set.
The positive test marks the first time in 2013 that Central New York has had a reported case of the EEE virus.
Both EEE and the West Nile virus cause inflammation and swelling of the brain and symptoms include sudden high fever, muscle pains, and a headache of increasing severity.
The Health Department urges anyone experiencing these symptoms to seek medical attention.
Health officials are advising people to:
- Use insect repellent properly. Those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are most effective but should be used with care. Read the product label and use according to package instructions.
- Limit outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and between dusk and dawn, which is the peak mosquito biting time.
- If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks as weather permits.
In addition, residents can take these protective measures to minimize mosquito populations in and around their homes and properties:
- Repair or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Reduce or eliminate all standing water.
- Empty or dispose of pails, cans, flower pots, or similar water-holding containers.
- Clear roof gutters, remove leaf debris from yards and gardens, and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
- Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, hot tubs and drain pool covers.
- Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.
- Dispose of old tires at an Oswego County transfer station. There is a minimum $10 disposal fee. Contact the Oswego County Solid Waste Department at 591-9200 for details.
For more information about EEE, West Nile and other viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at (315) 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext.3564 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or visit the New York State Department of Health Web site