Even with the cooler weather, Oswego County Health officials are reminding people to practice caution when traveling through mosquito-prone areas. A senior resident of Oswego County was recently diagnosed with West Nile virus. Officials believe that person was infected some time in middle to late September.
Mosquitoes in Central Square, West Monroe and parts of Onondaga County tested positive for West Nile earlier this summer. Oswego County is currently investigating this case to see where the virus came from.
Officials are reminding people that mosquitoes carrying the virus are still a threat until a heavy frost comes. People over the age of 50 are at most risk for serious illness related to West Nile.
In most cases, West Nile does not cause any symptoms, but it can result in serious health problems for some. Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches, and occasional skin rashes and swollen lymph glands.
Health officials continue to advise people to use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridan, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. People are also advised to stay inside as much as possible between dusk and dawn and wear long pants and long sleeves during periods when mosquitoes are most active.
People should also try to eliminate or avoid any standing water around the house where mosquitoes like to breed.