First human case of West Nile Virus reported in Cayuga County

A person in Cayuga County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first human case locally this year.

The person is not being identified, but is described as an adult male who lives north of the city of Auburn. He was hospitalized on August 26 and was discharged on September 9 and is recovering at his home.

Most people are infected with West Nile Virus after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. The virus is not spread through casual contact, such as touching or kissing a person with the virus.

Health officials urge people to take the following precautions:

· 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. Anyone with questions should contact the Health Department at 315-253-1560.