More evidence of West Nile virus found in Onondaga County

More evidence of West Nile virus has been found in Onondaga County, Health Department officials announced Wednesday.

Health Commissioner Dr. Cynthia B. Morrow says additional evidence of West Nile virus was found in a mosquito pool collected at the Midler Avenue trap in the city of Syracuse on August 28.

This is the third finding of West Nile virus in Onondaga County this year. It has been found in the Town of Cicero and in Manlius.

There have been no human cases of West Nile virus this year.

The following are personal protection measures you can take to reduce the risk of illness from mosquitoes:

-- Wear shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outside for a long period of time (Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn)

-- 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.

The following are ways of helping to reduce mosquito breeding grounds:

-- Throw away outdoor plastic containers, ceramic pots, or containers that hold water

-- Remove all tires from your property

-- Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors

-- Clean clogged rain gutters and make sure they continue to work properly

-- Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use

-- Change water in bird baths at least every four days

-- Clear vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds

-- Clean chlorinated swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs

-- Drain water from pool covers

-- Use landscaping to eliminate low spots where standing water accumulates

You can contact the Onondaga County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health for more information about personal protection measures and ways to reduce mosquito breeding at 315-435-1649 or on the Departmentâ??s website.