Child in Syracuse diagnosed with West Nile Virus

Cropped Photo: CDC

The first case of a human West Nile virus infection for 2017 has been reported in the City of Syracuse, according to the Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Dr. Indu Gupta.

A child that lives in Syracuse was briefly hospitalized and is expected to make a full recovery, the Health Commissioner Dr. Gupta said.

This is the first case of West Nile virus since 2014.

"West Nile virus has been found in numerous mosquito traps throughout the county this summer, and is considered to be endemic, or widespread," Dr. Gupta said.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, the health department advises you to wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outside for extended periods of time. Applying repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535 is also suggested.

The health department also says the following should be done to reduce mosquito breeding grounds:

  • Throw away outdoor containers, ceramic pots or containers that hold water
  • Remove all tires from your property
  • Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors
  • Clean clogged rain gutters and make sure they continue to work properly
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use
  • Change water in bird baths at least every four days
  • Clear vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds
  • Clean chlorinated swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs
  • Drain water from pool covers
  • Use landscaping to eliminate low spots where standing water accumulates

For more information about mosquito-borne diseases visit the state health department's website.

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