Evidence of EEE found in Onondaga County, aerial spraying planned for Cicero Swamp area

Evidence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been found in Onondaga County, according to Onondaga County Commissioner of Health Cynthia Morrow. Aerial spraying is planned for Cicero Swamp area on Saturday.

Health Department officials say EEE was found in two mosquito pools near the Cicero Swamp, at the Taft Road trap site located at East Taft Road near Totman Road. The sample was collected on August 13.

Evidence of the West Nile Virus was previously found in the Town of Cicero and in Manlius.

Health Department officials say spraying of the Cicero Swamp and immediate surrounding areas is planned for Saturday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The spray area is bounded on the north by Route 31, on the west by Northern Boulevard, on the south by Taft Road and on the east by the county line (Chittenango Creek). (Map of spraying area.)

Roads included in this area are: all or parts of Route 298, Bull Street, Eastwood Road, Island Road, Cicero Center Road, Fergerson Road, Ferstler Road and Oxbow Road.

Health Department officials say the pesticide, Kontrol, is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Division of Environmental Conservation for this use. A copy of the pesticide label can be found on the Onondaga County website.

Residents in the spray areas will be notified of the spraying through the emergency notification system.

During spraying, the Health Department recommended that residents:

--Stay indoors and keep windows closed for one hour after your area has been sprayed

--Keep pets indoors if possible

--Cover outdoor gardens and rinse vegetables before eating

--Set your window air conditioners to circulate indoor air. It is safe to use your central air conditioning

--Remove childrenâ??s toys that are outdoors, any outdoor furniture, and clothes from outdoor clotheslines

--If toys or clothes have been left outdoors, wash each thoroughly with soap and water before using and launder clothes before wearing

--If you are driving during the spraying, close your car windows and vents