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      West Nile Virus found in Onondaga and Oswego counties

      Evidence of West Nile Virus was found in both Onondaga and Oswego counties, the county health departments announced Wednesday.

      In Oswego County, this was the first evidence of the virus found this year. It was found in an area near Central Square.

      This is the second evidence of West Nile Virus found in Onondaga County. The virus was discovered in the Town of Cicero. It was previously discovered in Manlius.

      ??This finding is not unusual for this time of year. It is important that the public take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to keep your yard free from standing water to reduce the mosquito population near your home,?? said Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Cynthia B. Morrow.

      Onondaga County began its mosquito surveillance program in May.

      Onondaga and Oswego County health departments say there are no known human cases of West Nile virus at this time.

      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