Oswego County transfers $18,000 for mosquito surveillance

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee approved the transfer of $18,000 from the contingency fund to be used for mosquito surveillance during a meeting held Wednesday.

Last summer’s increased mosquito population and the death of a child from eastern equine encephalitis has resulted in the county health department taking more aggressive action against the disease carrying vector.

Legislators instructed the health department to pursue a more regional approach to the problem. Two additional seasonal staff persons were added to the 2012 budget.

The department will also conduct larval mosquito surveys during the summer months. Larvae would be collected from wooded swamps throughout the county. This would assist in determining where, besides the Toad Harbor and big Bay swamps, the disease carrying mosquitoes may be breeding. Adult mosquitoes will be trapped, marked with a florescent powder and tracked.

Legislator Doug Malone said he voted against the budget transfer because there is no money dedicated for aerial spraying.

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