By Sharif King SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – We now have one documented case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EASTERN EQUINE EN-SEF-HA-LITIS) in Central New York.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about seven people are diagnosed annually with Triple E. Some people are at higher risk than others.
People participating in outdoor work, recreational activities, and events are more likely to be diagnosed with Triple E.
The Oswego County Health Department’s Public Health Director, Jiancheng Huang, (GIAN-CHING-HUNG), says the most effective way to prevent Triple E is to stay away from mosquitos.
“Use repellent, the second is wear long sleeves when you go out, and also avoid to go out at the dawn and during the dusk because during this time the mosquitos carry the virus”, says Jiancheng Huang.>
Mosquitos with the disease have been discovered surrounding swampy water like Toad Harbor Swamp.
“Empty any standing water in your backyard because standing water are breeding signs for mosquitos”, says Jiancheng Huan.
It’s hard to tell whether or not you have caught the Triple E virus after being bitten by a mosquito. Be sure to get tested.