New Haven (WSYR-TV) -- Cleanup is underway at a filthy house in New Haven that was deemed a public health concern earlier this month.
Hundreds of garbage bags were piled up around the home and neighbors were concerned about everything from rodents to standing water on the property – a breeding ground for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a mosquito-borne virus commonly known as EEE.
Just last summer, four-year-old Maggie Wilcox, who lived near the home, died after contracting EEE.
On Monday, a contractor hired by the county removed all the garbage from the property. They also tipped over anything that could hold standing water, which are potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
The New Haven Town Board is petitioning to make the county treasurer named the administrator of the property so they can have a contractor remove any other junk.