Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Cayuga County Health Department announced that a man living in Cayuga County has been infected with the West Nile Virus.
The health department indicated that it was the first such case in recent history.
The man was hospitalized on Aug. 26 and discharged on Sept. 9.
Health officials say the man is recovering at his home and that his case is a warning for residents to protect against mosquito bites.
Residents are urged to continue to take the following precautions for safety and protection:
- Remove or empty standing water from children’s outdoor toys, flower pots, garbage cans, pails, old tires or any object that collects water.
- Make sure roof gutters drain properly; clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
- Keep swimming pools chlorinated and their covers free of stagnant water
- Install window and door screens and keep them in good repair
- Wear long sleeves, pants, socks and mosquito repellent when going outdoors. Repellents containing DEET and picardin provide longer-lasting protection (use as directed).
There have been confirmed cases of mosquito pools that have been positive for West Nile Virus in Oswego and Onondaga Counties.
Individuals with questions may contact the Health Department at (315) 253-1560.
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