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      West Nile virus discovered in Madison County

      West Nile virus has been found in Madison County for the first time since 2011.

      The Madison County Health Department says the virus was found in a mosquito pool collected in the Town of Sullivan on Tuesday, August 6.

      The Health Department reminds residents to wear insect repellent when you're outside, especially repellent that contains DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Also, avoid areas where there are lots of mosquitoes. The pesky insects are most active at dawn and dusk. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks are recommended to ward off bites.

      In the meantime, the Environmental Health Division will continue to monitor the mosquito population, but the Health Department says no aerial spraying is recommended in the area this time. If and when those steps are taken, that decision will come from the State Department of Health.

      For more information on West Nile Virus, call the Madison County Health Department at 315-366-2526, or visit the New York State Department of Health's web site.

      In Central New York so far this summer, West Nile Virus has been detected in Onondaga and Oswego counties.

      Last week, the Oneida County Health Department announced a horse living on a farm in Vernon was paralyzed in his hind legs, after being infected with the virus.