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
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:
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.
outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and between
dusk and dawn which is the peak mosquito biting time.
you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and
socks as weather permits.
or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
or eliminate all standing water.
or dispose of pails, cans, flower pots, or similar water-holding
roof gutters, remove leaf debris from yards and gardens, and clean
vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use.
and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and drain pool
vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds
the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.
- Dispose properly of old tires.