Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Oswego County Reminds Residents to Guard against Mosquito Bites

Oswego County Reminds Residents to Guard against Mosquito Bites

For standing water that can not be drained, use microbial larvicides commonly called "dunks" that kill mosquito larvae before they emerge as adults.

The city Public Health Commission said Friday a mosquito pool in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood tested positive for the virus, which typically causes fever and flu-like symptoms. The mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of West Nile presence in Lake County in 2018.

"Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which are the primary carriers of West Nile virus, are most abundant in mid- to late summer, when the weather is hot", said Michael Adam, Senior Biologist for the Health Department.

The city, in partnership with the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project, has placed larvicide in catch basins and wetlands in an effort to reduce the mosquito population, officials said. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Dawn and Dusk: Protect yourself all day and night, and wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.

For more information about protecting your family against mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext.

Mosquitoes are tested weekly for West Nile virus.

The CDC trap and gravid trap will be used to test for West Nile virus.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Just like in humans, the birds get infected through the bite of an infected mosquito and may pass it onto other mosquitoes that bite them.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Neil Schader says PA residents can take steps to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus.

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