Cicero (WSYR-TV) – Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been confirmed in the town of Cicero.
The State Health Department confirmed that the virus had been found in a pool collected from the Route 298 trap in Cicero on July 23.
According to the Onondaga County Health Department, it is the second such discovery of the virus in the county this season.
There are no human cases of West Nile virus to date.
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
More information is available through the Health Department’s website: www.ongov.net/health
They can also be reached by calling (315) 435-1649.