Four mosquito pools test positive for EEE in Oswego County

More aerial spraying is expected after more cases of EEE and West Nile virus in Oswego County. Multiple pools came back positive after collections last Wednesday.

The Oswego Health Department says four mosquito pools tested positive for EEE in New Haven, West Monroe, and Central Square. Two pools near Central Square also tested positive for West Nile Virus.

They plan to announced details of aerial spraying locations when details become finalized.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang says residents need to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

Huang said, "People should remain vigilant to prevent exposure to mosquitoes. Personal protection measures are the most effective way to guard against mosquito bites."

Here are some tips from the Oswego County Health Department to protect residents:

- Use insect repellent.

- Limit outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and between dusk and dawn which is the peak mosquito biting time.

- If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks.

Here are some ways residents can reduce mosquito populations in and around their homes:

- Repair or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

- Reduce or eliminate all standing water from pails, recycling containers, wheelbarrows, wading pools, pool covers and similar water-holding containers.

- Clear roof gutters, remove leaf debris from yards and gardens, and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.

- Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.

For more information about mosquito-borne diseases, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or visit the New York State Department of Health Web site.