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EEE virus detected in Onondaga County


As the end of summer approaches, local health departments are picking up viruses that can spread to humans through mosquito activity.

Onondaga County has been testing mosquitos since spring and so far, Health Commissioner Dr. Katie Anderson said there are fewer mosquitos turning up in traps this year.

"Based upon mosquito counts right now, we don't have any reason to think that we should be seeing a huge increase in 'triple E' cases," Anderson said.

Still, the county got its first positive cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as EEE, in traps from the Town of Cicero. She said it’s too early to consider spraying insecticide in affected areas, but advises central New Yorkers to take precautions.

"Individuals can be reducing standing water around their homes, which is where mosquitoes like to breed," Anderson said. "That would be things like bird baths, kiddy pools, maybe places where you're growing aquatic plants outside. Any place that's standing water, you may be increasing mosquitoes around your home. If you're outdoors, you can be wearing DEET or Picaridin, which repel mosquitoes, and you could be spraying your clothes or dipping them into permethrin."

Oswego County is also reporting findings of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. Both viruses can be transmitted to humans and some animals, and in the case of EEE, can prove deadly.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.