Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in New York City

File Image of Mosquitoes

File Image of Mosquitoes

The majority of infections in humans have been reported from June through October.

Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin.

Tarrant County officials spotted 2016's first case of West Nile on July 13.

TCPH is reminding residents of the importance of taking personal protective measures to safeguard against West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

"This timing is a couple of weeks earlier in the year than we typically detect the first positive bird", Rebecca Osborn, Vectorborne Disease Epidemiologist, said.

New Yorkers should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water.

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Clean roof gutters and downspouts for proper drainage.

Frequently replace the water in pet bowls.

Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours. Drain water that collects in pool covers.

Not everyone infected with West Nile virus will become ill, but the virus can cause serious complications, including neurological diseases, and can also cause a milder flu-like illness.

DHS has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes, and people.

The first Tarrant County case comes almost a month early when compared the first case a year ago which came in mid July. People who think they may have West Nile virus should see a healthcare provider.

The positive mosquito sample was collected in Clarksville during a routine countywide sampling by the Clark County Health Department.

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