More West Nile Virus found in Onondaga County

The Onondaga County Health Department says another pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The dangerous illness was found in a pool near Oneida Shores at the northern end of the county. There have been no human cases of West Nile Virus reported so far this year.

Last month a mosquito pool tested positive for that virus along Midler Avenue right by Interstate 690 near the Eastwood neighborhood. There have been reports of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, commonly referred to as triple E, in Oswego and Oneida counties near Oneida Lake. A horse in Westmoreland had to be euthanized in one case.

The Health Department is encouraging everyone to take the proper protective measures when going outside. Mosquitoes are busiest at dusk and dawn. Fully cover your skin with clothing. Use bug repellants to protect yourself from bites on uncovered areas. Don TMt apply bug spray directly onto children, place it onto your hands first and then put it onto the child. Avoid standing water in your yard, it can be used as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

So far there are still no plans for aerial spraying in Onondaga County. Do you think the county should spray for mosquitoes? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

For more information on the West Nile Virus, contact the Onondaga County Health Department by clicking here.