Town of Sullivan-The Madison County Health Department announced today the county’s first positive Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) mosquito pool this season, collected July 21 at a trap site on Moore Road in the Town of Sullivan. The test results from the State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center Laboratories were reported to the Madison County Health Department late yesterday afternoon.
A mosquito pool is a collection of mosquitoes of similar species taken from a site for testing. The mosquitos which were identified as carrying the EEE virus are primarily bird-biting species; however human biting mosquitoes were also trapped at this location.
“Residents should take steps at home to lower the chance of being bitten by mosquitos,” said Madison County Public Health Director Eric Faisst. “Avoiding mosquito bites is the best thing you can do. When outside, wear insect repellent according to package directions, stay away from areas with large numbers of mosquitoes and limit outside activity between dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. It is imperative for people over 50 years of age and younger than 15 years of age to avoid mosquito bites.”