Senator Patty Ritchie's EEE Update Updates

FIGHT THE BITE: MORE THAN 2,000 TIRES COLLECTED AT RITCHIE-HOSTED RECYCLING EVENTS

Central New York residents disposed of more than 2,000 tires at free recycling events, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie in an effort to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The events—which were funded through a special state grant from Senator Ritchie—allowed Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of four tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived. 

“With one tire acting as a breeding ground for an estimated one million mosquitoes, the more than 2,000 tires we were able to dispose of represent a big step in this year’s fight against insects and the diseases they carry,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am thrilled to have been able to host these events, and the turn out really speaks volumes to the necessity of providing people with ways to protect themselves—and their loved ones—from mosquitoes, especially during the summer months.”

August 27, 2013
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THIS SUMMER: TIPS FOR BEATING THE BUGS

Senator Ritchie's Weekly Column

With the recent warm weather and sunny skies, many people in the Central and Northern New York region have been spending the bulk of their summer days—and nights—outside.  While there’s nothing like enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to protect yourself from mosquitoes looking to take a bite out of your summer fun.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis, commonly known as EEE, is a rate but serious viral disease spread by mosquitoes. There are typically 5-10 human cases in the United State annually; with people over the age of 50 and under the age of 15 at the greatest risk of serious infection.  EEE is much more common in horses and has resulted in deaths of dozens of horses in our region in recent years. 

This year—for the second year in a row—I was able to secure special funding in the State Budget for an “Eastern Equine Encephalitis Program,” aimed at paying costs of aerial spraying to control mosquitoes, funding a low-cost horse vaccination program and supporting educational outreach to communities affected by the disease. 

July 15, 2013
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GOV. CUOMO OK’S RITCHIE BILL BOOSTING FUNDS FOR EEE SPRAYING

Oswego to Share in New $100,000 State Fund to Help Combat Disease Carrying Bugs

Governor Cuomo today signed legislation sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, that boosts state payments to counties, including Oswego, to help in the fight against EEE, West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.The new law, S.7340, which was sponsored in the Assembly by Syracuse-area Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, provides up to $100,000 in additional state reimbursement for aerial mosquito control spraying over state land.

October 3, 2012
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FIGHT THE BITE! MOSQUITO TREATMENTS, HORSE VACCINES STILL AVAILABLE

Third Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Oswego County

July 25, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES FREE MOSQUITO TREATMENTS FOR HOMEOWNERS

Recruiting 2,736 CNY and NNY Citizens in the Fight Against Deadly EEE Virus

State Senators Patty Ritchie, David Valesky, John DeFrancisco and Joseph Griffo, and Assemblyman Will Barclay today joined with county and local health officials to announce the availability to homeowners of free mosquito treatments to help stop the spread of the deadly EEE virus.

July 10, 2012
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CNY HORSES GAIN PROTECTION FROM DEADLY EEE

Half-dozen Oswego Horses Join Over 200 Protected Through Ritchie-sponsored Clinics

A half-dozen Oswego County horses can be added to the list of equines now protected from the deadly EEE virus, following last night’s no-cost vaccination clinic sponsored in New Haven by State Senator Patty Ritchie.

June 30, 2012
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SEN. RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST EEE HORSE VACCINE CLINICS THIS WEEK

Vaccine 90 Percent Effective Against Always-Fatal Disease in Horses

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced she’s sponsoring two, no-cost EEE vaccine clinics for horses this week.

June 25, 2012
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RITCHIE BILL BOOSTS EFFORT TO FIND VACCINE FOR EEE

Directs State Health Leaders to Target “21st Century” Challenges

June 21, 2012
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