Onondaga County Interim Health Commissioner, Michelle Mignano, announced today that the New York State Department of Health’s laboratory has reported finding additional evidence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE) in five mosquito pools.
All of the mosquito pools were collected in the Town of Cicero, two at the Rt. 298 site, two at the Taft Road site, and one at the Island Road site. All of these sites have previously tested positive.
The Onondaga County Health Department is not planning on conducting aerial or ground spraying at this time. Mosquito surveillance consisting of collecting and testing mosquitoes and applying larvicides to control mosquitoes prior to them becoming adults will continue.
Ms. Mignano reminds residents, “Although mosquito counts are relatively low, it is important that the public continue to practice personal protective measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to keep your yard free from standing water to reduce the mosquito population near your home until we have a hard frost.”