Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Cynthia B. Morrow announced today that the New York State Department of Health’s laboratory has reported additional evidence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquito pools.

 Mosquito pools collected on September 4, 2013 at the

East Taft Road
trap were identified as having both EEE and WNV. “Given very low mosquito counts and the extended weather forecast, there are no plans to perform additional spraying at this time” said Morrow.

 She reinforced that these findings provide further evidence that the public must continue to practice personal protection measures and to keep their yard free from standing water to reduce the mosquito population.

Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn. Personal protection is advised during outdoor activities. Personal protection measures include wearing shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outside for a long period of time.

 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.