New York State has reported 16 other human WNV cases through September 16, 2017. Public health officials say the risk is now at its peak and will continue through the first heavy frost. This is the first human confirmation of the disease for 2017.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health announced the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) of 2017.

New York State has reported 16 other human WNV cases through September 16, 2017. Public health officials say the risk is now at its peak and will continue through the first heavy frost.

“Late summer and early fall is the point when the risk of West Nile to humans is highest, so it is particularly important now for residents to take steps to reduce mosquito bites by covering exposed skin when mosquitoes are active and use insect repellent,” said Dr. Michael Mendoza, Commissioner of Public Health.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health recommends the following actions to protect against West Nile Virus:

Minimize outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active

Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to cover exposed skin (when practical)

Use insect repellent containing DEET. Be certain to follow manufacture instructions and wash off the repellent once inside for the evening

Drain standing water on property and empty any containers that can hold water to reduce mosquito breeding areas

Make sure windows have screens that are in good condition

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than one percent of mosquitoes carry WNV. The majority of people bitten by an infected mosquito will have no symptoms, about 20 percent will have mild flu-like symptoms, and less than 1 percent will become seriously ill.

People over the age of 50 and those with chronic illness are at highest-risk for serious illness from WNV.