The Monroe County Department of Public Health announced the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) of the year. This is the second case in the state for the year. The risk for WNV is now at high peak.
The Monroe County Department of Public Health announced the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) of the year.
New York State has reported one other human WNV cases this year. 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.
Although there is no vaccine or specific treatment for WNV, people should consult a physician if they develop symptoms such as high fever and headache.