Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Health officials announced on Tuesday that West Nile virus has been identified in Onondaga County.
A pool of mosquitoes collected at the Route 298 trap in the town of Cicero on June 7 tested positive for the virus in a New York State laboratory for testing.
The discovery was the first of the year in Onondaga County. No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported.
Health officials warn county residents to take steps to reduce the risk of illnesses spread by mosquitoes.
Residents should keep their yards free of standing water and be aware of which times of day mosquitoes are most active, between dusk and dawn.
People should also wear clothing outdoors, including shoes and socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts.
Applying a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535 is also recommended to prevent mosquito bites.