Two days after a New Haven girl succumbed to eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a news conference was held Tuesday by the county Health Department announcing that the county has taken steps in preparation of spraying areas affected by the virus.
Dr. Dennis Norfleet, the director of public health for Oswego County, and County Administrator Phil Church held the press conference late Tuesday afternoon at the county Health Department building, on Bunner Street, in Oswego. Maggie Sue Glenister Wilcox, of New Haven, passed away Sunday morning at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, in Syracuse, after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Norfleet pointed out that EEE is a rare virus, and that many people have been bitten by mosquitoes that carry it. Most people’s immune systems are strong enough to not let them contract the virus. Those most susceptible include people who are younger than 15, older than 50 and those with other underlying diseases or health issues.