West Nile virus found in Madison County for first time since 2011

West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes tested from a site in the Madison County town of Sullivan.
Sullivan, NY (WSYR-TV) – West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes tested from a site in the Madison County town of Sullivan.

The county department of health says the mosquitoes were collected on August 6 and tested by the state.

This is the first time West Nile virus has been found in Madison County since 2011.

At this time, the county says no aerial spraying is recommended.

The Madison County Department of Health also provided the following information:

Madison County Health Department recommends these steps:

•Use insect repellent properly. Those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are most effective but should be used according to package instructions.
•Limit outdoor activities in areas when mosquitoes are most actively biting; between dawn and dusk
•When outside, dress to create a barrier between you and the mosquitos. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks as weather permits.

In addition, residents can take these protective measures to lower mosquito populations in and around homes and properties:

•Repair or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
•Reduce or eliminate all standing water. Empty or dispose of pails, tires, cans, flower pots, or similar water-holding containers.
•Clear roof gutters, remove leaf debris from yards and gardens, and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
•Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use.
•Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and drain pool covers.
•Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.

In rare cases, humans may be infected with West Nile virus. The virus may cause severe inflammation and swelling of the brain, even death. West Nile virus could be much less severe and most infected humans do not develop symptoms. Symptoms from WNV viruses’ infections include sudden high fever, muscle pains, and a headache of increasing severity. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.

For more information on West Nile Virus, call the Madison County Health Department at 315-366-2526 or visit the New York State Department of Health Web site at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/fact_sheet.htm

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