Westchester County has learned of its first human case of West Nile virus this year, which was confirmed in a 63-year-old Briarcliff Manor resident who had been hospitalized, and is now recovering at home.
Jeff Brown, mosquito control supervisor for Brunswick County, said urged anyone headed into wooded areas to use additional protection. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms.
According a release from Brunswick County, "the type of mosquitoes collected are responsible for circulating West Nile Virus in the wild bird population and are not known to bite humans".
Juan Rodriguez, assistant director and chief epidemiologist with DCPH, recommends that residents take a proactive approach to minimizing exposure to mosquitoes.
Defend yourself by using insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus when outdoors.
Wear light-coloured clothing that covers exposed skin, such as long sleeves, trousers and a hat.
As indicated by the DPH, West Nile infection has been identified in the express each year since 1999.
Remove or drain items on your property that hold stagnant water.
During the summer, mosquito larvae can complete their development in water within a week.
That number includes two recent positive tests announced by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. Some people experience more serious symptons, including high fever, severe headache, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, confusion, tremors, numbness and sudden sensitivity to light.
WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.