County Receives Mosquito-Borne Disease Declaration From State

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Division has received notification from Dr. Nirav Shah, state health commissioner, of the declaration of an Imminent Threat to Public Health for mosquito-borne disease. The finding of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in several mosquito pools indicates that a significant risk to human health is present in Chautauqua County.

This declaration enables a local health department to undertake public health activities to control mosquito populations in accordance with New York state regulations.

“Our efforts are focused on reducing the risk of any human cases of mosquito-borne disease,” said Christine Schuyler, county health director. “This means a robust education initiative to prevent mosquito bites and an active and effective surveillance system to determine the extent of the virus. While no human disease has been detected, the presence of mosquitoes carrying the EEE virus as well as the West Nile virus shows the potential is there for an infected mosquito to bite humans and spread disease.”

For more information on West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, please visit: health.ny.gov/disease s/west-nile-virus/fact-sheet.htm or health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/eastern-equine-encephalitis/fact-sheet.htm.

The NYSDOH 2012 Mosquito Borne Illness Surveillance & Response Plan can be found at: www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west-nile-virus/docs/2012-mosquito-borne-illness-surveillance-and-response-plan.pdf.