Mosquito Precautions 8/13

posted Aug 14, 2013, 5:25 AM by Daniel Zerbe

Mosquito Pools Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus in Chautauqua County


We urge patients to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and protect themselves from potential exposure to the mosquito-borne illnesses West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). While WNV was detected in mosquito pools in a Western Counties previously, this is the first time that EEE has been detected in Western New York.


WNV and EEE are serious viral diseases that are transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. One should safeguarding against these illnesses by taking basic precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The risk is highest in July and August.


People are urged to follow these precautions to defend against mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellent properly. Those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are most effective but should be used with care. Read the product label and use according to package instructions.
  • Limit outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and between dusk and dawn which is the peak mosquito biting time.
  • If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks as weather permits.
  • Repair or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Reduce or eliminate all standing water.
  • Empty or dispose of pails, cans, flower pots, or similar water-holding containers.
  • Clear roof gutters, remove leaf debris from yards and gardens, and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and drain pool covers.
  • Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds
  • Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.
  • Dispose properly of old tires.