Updated 08/24/2011 09:50 PM
EEE and West Nile found in Cicero
More evidence of mosquito borne illnesses found. As YNN's Erin Clarke tells us, this time, officials have come up with positive results for EEE and the West Nile Virus in Cicero.
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CICERO, N.Y. -- A week after mosquito breeding areas in Geddes turned up evidence of West Nile virus, pools in another part of Onondaga County test positive for another, more threatening disease.
"Eastern Equine Encephalitis, unfortunately as we are all aware, it has a very high mortality rate. It is a nastier virus," said Onondaga County Health Commissioner Cynthia Morrow.
Mosquito pools collected on August 16th from Taft Road and Route 298 tested positive for both EEE and West Nile and a pool on Island Road tested positive for West Nile.
"There are four positive pools with five results. But all of the pools are right in the vicinity of the Cicero Swamp," said Morrow.
The county will spray the area to eliminate mosquitoes, however, widespread viral activity is expected throughout the rest of the season.
"We're going to try to reduce the adult population. We would expect the adult mosquito bounce back or re-emergence of adult mosquitoes anywhere between seven to 12 days," Morrow said.
The health commissioner says although the county plans on spraying, folks should take necessary precautions to keep themselves safe from mosquitoes, because the spraying won't protect everyone. So, of course, you should wear an insect repellant that has DEET in it, wear long sleeves, long pants and avoid being near any known mosquito pools or in those areas around dusk or dawn.
Spraying has been scheduled for the Cicero Swamp for Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. It will cover an area roughly from Route 31 south to Taft Road and Northern Boulevard east to the county line.
Health officials say residents in that area should stay indoors and keep windows closed for one hour after spraying. Make sure to bring in all pets and outdoor toys. Anything left outdoors, such as lawn furniture, should be washed before it's used.