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Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus found in Onondaga County

Onondaga County will spray the outlined area for mosquitoes after finding EEE in a mosquito pool.

Onondaga County will spray the outlined area for mosquitoes after finding EEE in a mosquito pool.

— Onondaga County Interim Commissioner of Health Michelle Mignano announced that the New York State Department of Health’s laboratory has reported finding evidence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a mosquito pool. The mosquito pool was collected on July 10 at our Taft Road trap site located at East Taft Road (near the Totman Road intersection).

Due to this finding and the recent high mosquito count, aerial spraying of the Cicero Swamp and immediate surrounding areas will be done between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, weather permitting. Residents in the spray areas will be notified through the media and through the emergency notification system. The designated spray areas are generally bounded on the north by Route 31, on the west by Northern Boulevard, on the south by Taft Road and on the east by the county line (Chittenango Creek). Roads included in this area are: all or parts of Route 298, Bull Street, Eastwood Road, Island Road, Cicero Center Road, Fergerson Road, Ferstler Road and Oxbow Road. The pesticide that will be used for aerial spraying is Kontrol. This pesticide is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Division of Environmental Conservation for this use. A copy of the pesticide label can be found on the Onondaga County website at ongov.net/health/documents/MasterLineKontrol30-30label.pdf.

During spraying, it is recommended that residents:

Stay indoors and keep windows closed for one hour after your area has been sprayed

Keep pets indoors if possible

Cover outdoor gardens and rinse vegetables before eating

Set your window air conditioners to circulate indoor air. It is safe to use your central air conditioning

Remove children’s toys that are outdoors, any outdoor furniture and clothes from outdoor clotheslines

If toys or clothes have been left outdoors, wash each thoroughly with soap and water before using and launder clothes before wearing

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