NEW YORK (PIX11) — The New York City Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes for the first time this season.
The infected mosquitoes were collected from the Douglaston and College Point neighborhoods in Queens and Old Town from Staten Island, a release said Monday.
According to the release, no human cases have been reported this season.
“Now that West Nile virus has returned to New York City, it is important to take simple precautions to protect you and your family,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett. “During warm weather, mosquitoes can breed in any still water that stands for more than four days, so the most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water. New Yorkers are also encouraged to mosquito-proof their homes, wear mosquito repellent and cover their arms and legs if they’re outside at dawn or dusk. New Yorkers over 50 should be especially cautious, as they are more likely to develop serious illness if they contract the virus.”
The Health Department will increase mosquito surveillance by setting up additional traps and treating catch basins in the affected areas.
West Nile virus can cause mild flu-like symptoms including headache, fever, fatigue, weakness and sometimes a rash.
If you think you have symptoms of West Nile virus, you are urged to see your doctor right away.
For more information about West Nile virus, call 311 or visit nyc.gov.