EEE & West Nile Virus Found in Onondaga County

More cases of West Nile Virus and the potentially deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis have turned up in Onondaga County.

The health department says West Nile was found in a trap collected on Taft Road in Cicero. EEE was found in traps on Route 298, Island Road and Taft Road in Cicero.

Onondaga County Health Commissioner Cynthia Morrow says, "It is important the public continue to take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to keep your yard free from standing water to reduce the mosquito population near your home until we have a hard frost."

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.