Mosquitoes collected in Vienna test positive for EEE virus

By WKTV News

VIENNA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Oneida County Health Department says a mosquito pool collected in the Town of Vienna during the last week of July included 28 mosquitoes that tested positive for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.

"This is the first finding in 2010 of the mosquito-borne virus that can be fatal to humans and horses," said Dr. Gayle Jones, Oneida County Director of Health.

Jones stressed that the species of infected mosquito found generally bites birds and that transmission of the disease to humans would require a species of mosquitoes capable of creating a "bridge" between infected birds and uninfected mammals.

Oneida County has not reported EEE since August of 2006. At that time, the death of a pony attributed to EEE resulted in the aerial spraying of a five mile radius of the farm where the animal died.

For more information on the EEE and other such viruses, you can contact the Oneida County Health Department at 798-5064.

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