Animal tests positive for EEE virus in Madison County

Associated Press

An animal in the town of Sullivan has tested positive for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEEv), according to the Madison County Health Department.

Posted: Sep 15, 2020 5:41 PM

WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. – An animal in the town of Sullivan has tested positive for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE), according to the Madison County Health Department.

The health department received the positive results from the Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany, after testing the “non-human vertebrate” animal.

The EEE virus can be carried by mosquitos, and can cause encephalitis or inflammation of the brain, according to Madison County Health Department Public Health Director Eric Faisst.

"Although EEE virus was not identified in any of the mosquito pools collected last week, residents should continue to practice personal protection measures to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne disease. Thankfully with the cooler weather coming, the threat of mosquito spread diseases is decreasing,” said Faisst.

The health department recommends taking the following precautions to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Wearing shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outside
  • Avoiding outside activity during prime mosquito feeding times (dawn and dusk)
  • Applying a repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

To deter mosquitos from breeding in homes and backyards:

  • Drain any pots, containers, or other items that hold water every four days or remove those items that collect standing water
  • Clean clogged rain gutters
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use
  • Change water in bird baths at least every four days
  • Drain water from pool covers

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