West Nile Virus detected in Onondaga County
July 28, 2011
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The New York State Health Department announced Thursday that West Nile Virus has been detected in Onondaga County.
The virus was found in a mosquito pool collected at the Midler Avenue trap in the city of Syracuse last week, according to a release from the New York State Health Department.
This is the first finding of West Nile Virus in Onondaga County this year. No human cases have been detected thus far.
“This finding is a reminder that it is essential that the public take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Please keep your yard free from standing water because this is a breeding ground for mosquitoes to multiply,” Onondaga County Health Commissioner Cynthia Morrow explained.
There are several ways to avoid being bitten. Keep in mind mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn. Personal protection measures are advised during outdoor activities, they include: wearing shoes and socks, long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Applying mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535 is also recommended by health department officials.
Avoid putting mosquito repellent directly onto a child’s skin. The health department recommends putting it on your hands and then applying it to your child. Also, do not put mosquito repellent on your face and wash your skin and clothing after returning indors.
Below are several tips from the New York State Department on ways to reduce mosquito breeding grounds:
- Throw away outdoor tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots and any 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 ever 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