Last year the mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis killed at least a dozen horses and a four-year-old Oswego County girl. This week, state Senator Patty Ritchie is hosting two clinics in the North Country where horse owners can have their animals vaccinated for free.
It seems unbelievable that a healthy 5-year-old could die from a mosquito bite in central New York. But in August, Eastern Equine Encephalitis took the life of Maggie Wilcox of Oswego County.
When asked how she is doing, Maggie’s mom Julie says “I don’t even know how to answer that question. Bad. Coping. Trying to deal. [I’m here] to support, to try to get something accomplished. If my presence here helps in any way, shape or form, then I want it to,” said Wilcox.
The war on Triple-E in Central New York is getting some federal firepower. New York’s senior U.S. Senator has a plan he hopes will help deal with a virus , that's transmitted by mosquitos and has become a part of our environment.
Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday a three pronged federal plan to help local officials fight Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the mosquito borne illness that killed a 4 year old Oswego County girl this summer.
"Our local and state health departments have done a great job," said Schumer. "I have no dispute with them. They could use federal help."