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County has no immediate plans to spray for West Nile virus

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Health Department has announced the finding of West Nile virus in the county, however, no aerial spraying is expected to take place.

Inga Back, acting public health director of the Oswego County Health Department, announced last week that the New York State Department of Health found evidence of West Nile virus in two collections of mosquitoes in the village of Central Square.

There are no known human cases of West Nile virus in Oswego County at this time.

The mosquitoes were collected July 2 and July 4 in Central Square.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, the question was asked whether spraying would take place. The answer was no.

As with eastern equine encephalitis, West Nile virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

The disease can cause mild symptoms similar to a viral infection or more serious symptoms such as West Nile encephalitis.

The disease is traditionally prominent in late August and early fall.

“This is a little earlier than what we’ve typically seen with West Nile virus in previous years,” said Back. “However, the virus has already appeared in Onondaga County and is now present in five counties in New York State.

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