Aerial spraying planned after 5 Oswego County mosquito pools test positive for EEE

Five Oswego County mosquito pools have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, which has prompted the Oswego County Health Department to plan a second round of aerial spraying.

Four of the positive samples were collected in the Toad Harbor Big Bay area, near Central Square, and the fifth was collected from a pool in the northern part of Palermo.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang says, â??The most recent results from Toad Harbor Big Bay are from mosquitoes collected prior to the spraying event, which was successful in reducing the mosquito population in that targeted area.â??

Even though the August 1 spraying was successful in knocking down the mosquito population, the fact that pools outside of the spray area tested positive for EEE is a cause for concern.

The next round of aerial spraying will take place over two evenings and will cover portions of the towns of Hastings, Mexico, New Haven, Palermo and Volney. The dates have not been set, but you can keep updated on the spraying plans on the Oswego County website here.

As always, the health department warns residents to take the proper precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.

For more information, call the health department at 315-349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564 between 8:30 am and 4 pm. You can also visit the health departmentâ??s website here.