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Death of 4 year old in Syracuse highlights the dangers of EEE

By KATRINA SMITH

OSWEGO and ONEIDA COUNTIES, N.Y. - The death of a 4-year-old in Oswego County from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has health officials putting out a warning to steer clear of mosquitoes.

Maggie Wilcox should have celebrated her 5th birthday on Tuesday, but died from EEE at a Syracuse hospital on Sunday morning.

Her parents held a press conference Tuesday morning blasting Oswego County for its decision not to spray for mosquitoes after four pools were found to have EEE.

In Oneida County, a pool has tested positive for the virus on the western edge of the county, and a horse turned up dead in Westmoreland in July. Health officials say the only way to protect from EEE is to stay away from mosquitoes, saying that spraying would not help, because it would only kill adult mosquito populations.

The family of Maggie Wilcox has set up a fund in her honor. They're asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Maggie Sue's name to be used for the betterment of the New Haven Elementary School Library and playground.

Donations may be sent to John and Sherry Glenister, c/o New Haven Post Office, New Haven, NY.

More on Maggie Wilcox can be found from the Nelson Funeral Home website.

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