Oneida County Health Department: mosquito testing shows no diseases locally

By WKTV News

The number of human cases of West Nile Virus continues to increase as the United States faces one of the worst outbreaks of the illness in years.

The most recent numbers show that nearly 400 human cases have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An additional 150 people who did not have symptoms of the disease, but donated blood, tested positive for the virus. Most of the cases are centered in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and California, but nearly every state has seen some activity.

In Oneida County, the Health Department wants people to know that no disease has been discovered.

Oneida County has a surveillance program between the months of June and September, where traps are set and mosquitoes are tested.

Ken Fanelli, spokesman for the Health Department, says there have been no cases of West Nile or EEE found, but that doesn't mean you should let your guard down.

Mid to late August is when the mosquitoes come out in full force.

"You should take every step to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes," said Fanelli. "Limit outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn. Cover as much skin as possible when outdoors. Use insect repellent with DEET. Follow instructions on the can."

If there was ever a time for concern it would be this year as the mild winter meant more mosquito eggs survived and hatched.

Neighboring Onondaga County does have a report of West Nile Virus, but not EEE.

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