Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Onondaga County Health Department announced on Friday that the West Nile virus and also EEE had been identified in multiple locations in the town of Cicero.
The health department said that West Nile was confirmed by the State Health Department in a mosquito pool collected from the Island Road trap, and EEE had been confirmed in pools collected from the Route 298 and Taft Road traps.
All three traps are located in the town of Cicero.
They say that the mosquito count remains low, but that residents should continue to take precautions against mosquitoes.
The health department has outlined a number of precautions people can take 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