West Nile virus found in two Oswego County mosquito pools

The State Department of Health and the Oswego County Department of Health have found more evidence of West Nile virus in two mosquito pools in Oswego County.

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus have previously been found in Oswego County.

Samples from the pools in Constantia and New Haven, taken on August 21, tested positive for West Nile. This is the first positive West Nile test for the pool in Constantia, but the second this summer for the pool in New Haven.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang says that aerial spraying, while affective, does not kill all infected mosquitoes, and that residents should be diligent in protecting themselves while outdoors.

â??It is essential that people throughout Oswego County take steps to prevent mosquito bites. Personal protection measures are the most effective way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases,â?? said Huang.

The Oswego County Health Department urges residents to follow these precautions:

-Use insect repellent properly. Those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are most effective but should be used with care. Read the product label and use according to package instructions.

-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 as weather permits.

In addition, residents can take these protective measures to minimize mosquito populations in and around their homes and properties:

-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.

Oswego County Health Officials say they do not aerial spray for West Nile virus.