EEE virus found in Madison County mosquito pool

By WKTV News

SULLIVAN, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Madison County Department of Health says mosquitoes collected in the Town of Sullivan have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE.

The Madison County Health Department says the pool of mosquitoes was from a trap located off Smith Ridge Road in the Town of Sullivan. This type of mosquito is primarily a bird-biting mosquito. Results were received from the New York State Health Department Friday. This is the first mosquito pool collected from Madison County that has tested positive for EEE this summer.

The EEE virus has not been detected in those mosquitoes tested and known to bite humans, and no aerial spraying is expected at this time. Surveillance activities by the Environmental Health Department will continue, and any actions to control the spread of EEE will be taken only if deemed necessary and after consultation with the New York State Department of Health.

The Director of Public Health, Eric Faisst, notes the importance for all residents to practice personal protection measures, given the fact that the EEE virus has been detected in neighboring Oneida and Oswego Counties this summer.

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