Press Advisory - State Health Commissioner Visits Cicero Swamp Wednesday to Raise Awareness About West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Provides Press Availability

New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will be available to meet with press during his visit to the Cicero Swamp in Onondaga County on Wednesday morning, June 20, to raise awareness about West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

Dr. Daines will be at the Cicero Swamp to bring attention to mosquito-borne disease prevention and will participate in collection of mosquitoes from surveillance sites in Cicero Swamp along Island Road in Onondaga County. This site has been monitored for several years, and is an ideal area for scientists to collect and study mosquitoes that can carry WNV and EEE viruses. In 2006, there were 23 cases of WNV, including four deaths reported in New York.

Reporters should contact Department's Public Affairs Group at 518-473-1470 to confirm their attendance by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday June 19.

What:

Press availability with State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.

When:

8:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Where:

Meet at the DEC parking spot (limited parking) along Island Road, Cicero Swamp, Cicero, NY. Look for the traffic cone.

Directions to the Cicero Swamp From Syracuse:

  • Take I-481 to Exit 8, Northern Boulevard. Take the ramp towards Cicero.
  • Follow exit left toward to Northern Boulevard, CR-82. Turn right onto Island Road, CR-214.
  • Follow for approximately 2 miles, and look for traffic cone. Limited parking spaces, but parking is available along Island Road.