Oswego County reports first human case of West Nile virus in 2017

OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The Oswego County Health Department has announced that one of its residents is recovering from West Nile Virus-- the first human case diagnosed this year. 

The person was hospitalized and is now recovering at home. 

West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. 

It is estimated that 20 percent of people who become infected with West Nile will develop less severe symptoms including fever, headache and body aches, nausea.

In some cases, the virus can cause severe infection including inflammation and swelling of the brain. Symptoms include high fever, muscle pain, neck stiffness, muscle weakness, disorientation, and a headache. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.

The Oswego County Health Department advises people to:

  • Use a mosquito repellent according to label directions.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt if you are outdoors for long periods of time, and when mosquitoes are most active, between dusk and dawn.
  • Empty pails, swimming pool covers, flower pots and other containers of standing water around the home and yard.
  • Remove all discarded tires from around your property.
  • Replace or repair broken screens.

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