Tire Amnesty Day aims to fight threat of EEE and West Nile in Oswego County

Once again, people in Oswego County are being advised to take precautions against disease carrying mosquitoes, and thatâ??s leading up to â??Tire Amnesty Day.â??

The Oswego County Health Department announced Tuesday that three mosquito pools in and around Central Squire have tested positive for the potential deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. Another pool in the town of New Haven tested positive for West Nile virus.

State Senator Patty Ritchie anticipated this could happen, so she secured 20,000 in state funds for a â??Tire Amnesty Dayâ?? in Oswego County.

Because abandon tires collect standing water, they become prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

â??Tuesdayâ??s discovery of EEE and West Nile virus in Oswego County is another reminder that we still need to be vigilant in our fight against mosquito borne illnesses,â?? said Senator Ritchie.

The â??Tire Amnesty Dayâ?? is open to all Oswego County residents. People can drop off up to four tires free of charge. Additional tires will cost $5 each. Farm tractor tires will be accepted, but they must be cut into four pieces.

It will be held Saturday, August 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at all five trash transfer stations in the county. (Scroll down for a list of drop off locations.)

Oswego County Administrator Phil Church told CNY Centralâ??s Jim Kenyon that the Oswego County Health Department is in the process of applying for permission from New York State to conduct areal spraying in areas where the viruses have been detected. There is no word yet on when the spraying would occur.

EEE is a rare but serious viral disease spread by mosquitoes. There are typically 5-10 human cases in the United State each year. People over the age of 50, and under the age of 15, have the greatest risk of infection.

The West Nile virus has also been found in Madison County and Onondaga County this year. Last week, the Oneida County Health Department announced a horse living on a farm in Vernon was paralyzed in his hind legs, after being infected with the virus.

Drop off locations:

Bristol Hill Landfill

3125 NYS Rte. 3

Fulton, NY 13069

(315) 591-9211

Hannibal Transfer Station

1167 Co. Rte. 7

Hannibal, NY 13074

(315) 564-5623

Hastings Transfer Station

1391 US Rte. 11

Hastings, NY 13076

(315) 668-8821

Pulaski Transfer Station

100 Co. Rte. 2A

Pulaski, NY 13142

(315) 298-6062

Oswego Transfer Station

700 East Seneca St.

Oswego, NY 13126

(315) 349-3439