Oneida County resident tests positive for West Nile Virus

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - An Oneida County resident has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the health department announced on Thursday morning.

The department did not indicate where the resident contracted the virus, noting that the person has traveled outside the county.

According to the department, none of its nine mosquito traps in the county have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

They also said the person was not displaying any of the more severe symptoms associated with the virus – which can, in rare cases, be deadly.

While it is extremely rare to become infected by a single mosquito bite, the county is urging people to take measures to protect themselves:

- Avoid mosquito bites by covering exposed arms and legs when outdoors, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are feeding and most active.
- Use insect repellents containing DEET, carefully following application instructions and never spraying it directly on a child.
- Repair broken screens on doors and windows to mosquito-proof your home.
- Eliminate sources of standing water around your home like pails, old tires, wading pools and bird baths that serve as breeding areas for mosquitoes.

For more information, call (315) 798-5064 or visit www.ocgov.net/health.


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