Positive results of EEE and West Nile Virus found in Oswego County

Positive results of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile viruses (WNV), were both found in Oswego County, according to county Public Health Director, Jiancheng Huang.

On Tuesday, a report from the Oswego County Public Health Department indicated that on September 18, two pools tested positive for EEE and four pools tested positive for WNV.

The report also exhibited how on September 25, two more pools tested positive for EEE and two more pools tested positive for WNV.

County Public Health Director, Jiancheng Huang, expressed that although mosquito counts are low at this time, they are still active.

“With the nice fall weather, people are out hiking, fishing, and enjoying other outdoor activities. It is very important for them to continue to follow their personal protection practices and to reduce mosquito populations around their homes,” Huang said.

The Oswego County Health Department advises people to:

  • Use a mosquito repellent according to label directions.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt if you are outdoors for long periods of time, and when mosquitoes are most active, between dusk and dawn.
  • Empty pails, swimming pool covers, flower pots and other containers of standing water around the home and yard.
  • Remove all discarded tires from around your property.
  • Replace or repair broken screens.

For more information about protecting your family against mosquitoes you can call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564.

You can also visit the New York State Department of Health’s Web site.