Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The State Health Department has confirmed that more evidence of both the West Nile virus and EEE has been found in the Cicero area.
According to the Onondaga County Health Department, a pool collected from the Taft Road trap was infected with West Nile, while pools collected from the Route 298, Island Road, and Taft Road traps had EEE.
All of the traps are located in the town of Cicero.
The department noted, however, that mosquito counts in Onondaga County remain low.
The county has offered guidelines on how to take precautions against mosquitoes:
Using personal protection measures is a key way in helping to reduce the risk of illness from mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn.
Personal protection is advised during outdoor activities.
Personal protection measures include wearing shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outside for a long period of time.
Applying a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535 is also recommended to prevent mosquito bites.
Do not put the repellent directly onto children. Put it on your hands and apply it to your child.
Do not put insect repellent on your face. Wash skin and clothing after returning indoors.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for application.
The following are ways of helping to reduce mosquito breeding grounds:
- Throw away outdoor plastic 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