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Oneida County- An Oneida County resident recently tested positive for West Nile Virus.

This person has a travel history outside the local area and has not exhibited any severe symptoms. “Each week our Environmental Health Division collects a variety of mosquitos’ species from 9 trap sites around the county and submits them to the Wadsworth Laboratory as part of our ongoing WNV monitoring program,” said Phyllis D. Ellis, Director of Health.

The disease first surfaced in Oneida County in the summer of 2000 when the health department began collecting dead crows found fallen by the virus. A mosquito receives West Nile only by biting an infected bird. The virus is transmitted to humans through an infected mosquito.

The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites, such as wearing comfortable clothing that covers any exposed skin in the early morning or evening hours, eliminating sources of standing water around your home (pails, kiddie pools, tires, etc) and repair any cracks or gaps where mosquitoes can enter your home.

For more information, you can visit the Oneida County Health Departments website, or call 315-798-5064. 

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