SULLIVAN — Madison County Health Department was notified by the state Department of Health Wadsworth Laboratory that a mosquito pool from a trap located on Moore Road in the Town of Sullivan has tested positive for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE).
The type of mosquito identified is primarily a bird-biting species, officials said, however area residents are advised to take steps daily to prevent mosquito bites.
EEE is a rare but serious disease that causes encephalitis or inflammation of the brain. People over the age of 50 and younger than the age of 15 are at greatest risk for developing severe disease when infected with EEE.
“The EEE virus can be spread to a person from the bite of an infected mosquito; therefore it is very important that you use personal protection measures to prevent mosquito bites,” said Madison County’s Public health Director Eric Faisst.
Personal protection steps to take during outdoor activities include wearing shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or 2-undecanone is also recommended to prevent mosquito bites according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Take steps to decrease mosquitoes around your home and yard by removing places for mosquitoes to breed, including:
Removing or draining any pots, containers, or other items that hold water every four days;
Cleaning clogged rain gutters;
Turning over wading pools when not in use;
Changing water in bird baths at least every four days;
Draining water from pool covers; and
Using landscaping to get rid of low spots in your yard where standing water puddles.
For information or to view Madison County’s weekly mosquito test results, go to the Department’s website at www.healthymadisoncounty.org.