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State Department of Health says Encephalitis not headed to North Country

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A New York State Department of Health spokesperson says people in the North Country don't need to fear Eastern Equine Encephalitis spreading to the area.

Jeffrey Hammond declined an interview, but said the disease is only present in Oswego and Oneida counties...with the highest risk areas being those, Onondaga, and Madison counties.

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The statement comes after a 4-year-old Oswego County girl died of the brain virus this weekend.

State and Oswego County officials are now spraying insecticides from the air to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes…but they say that’s not a permanent fix to the virus.

For people in those areas, or who just want to be careful, the department of health recommends long sleeves and pants; mosquito repellent; and keeping doors and windows closed or screened.

More detailed information is on the department’s website.

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