Syracuse child diagnosed with West Nile Virus

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The first human case of West Nile Virus in Onondaga County in several years has been identified in a city of Syracuse child, according to the health department.

The health department says the child was hospitalized briefly, but has since recovered.

The case was the first of its kind since 2014, according to the health department.

The virus has been confirmed in a number of mosquito traps in Onondaga County, however.

The department is urging people to cover exposed skin by wearing shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.

You can also protect against mosquitoes by using repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535.

  • You should also take measures to reduce the mosquito population around you by:
  • Throw away outdoor containers, ceramic pots or containers that hold water
  • Remove all tires from your property
  • Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors
  • Clean clogged rain gutters and make sure they continue to work properly
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use
  • Change water in bird baths at least every four days·  Clear vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds
  • Clean chlorinated swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs·  Drain water from pool covers
  • Use landscaping to eliminate low spots where standing water accumulates

For more information about personal protection measures contact the Onondaga County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health at (315) 435-1649.
 

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