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Cattarauus County Health Deptartment issues mosquito warning

CATTARAUGUS The Cattaraugus County Department of Health is urging residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and protect themselves from potential exposure to the mosquito-borne illnesses West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis. The health department has received notification from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Wildlife Health Unit, of an American crow found in the village of Portville ,that tested positive for West Nile virus.

The health department was notified by the Chautauqua County Health department that five mosquito pools had tested positive for EEE in the southern parts of Chautauqua County. On Aug. 16, a declaration of an imminent threat to public health, for mosquito-borne diseases, has been declared for Chautauqua County.

Residents of Cattaraugus County are advised to use insect repellent properly; limit outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and before dusk; wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks, as weather permits; repair or replace all window and door screens, to keep mosquitoes outside; reduce or eliminate all standing water; empty or dispose of pails, cans, flower pots or similar water-holding containers; clear roof gutters, remove leaf debris from yards and gardens and clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds; turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools, when not in use; clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and drain pool covers; clean vegetation and debris, from the edges of ponds; change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs, twice a week, and dispose of old tires.

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