NEW YORK CITY — For the first time this mosquito season, the New York City Health Department says it’s detected mosquitoes with West Nile Virus in the city, officials said Tuesday.
The mosquitoes in question were found in the Bronx and Staten Island, the health department said, though no human cases have been reported.
New York City’s mosquito season typically spans from April through September, officials said.
“New Yorkers can take a few simple steps to protect themselves this summer, including by wearing insect repellent or covering their arms and legs,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “We also encourage everyone to remove any standing water that may harbor mosquitoes or call 311 for standing water they cannot manage themselves.”
The city’s health department said it’s increasing mosquito surveillance in the surrounding area by installing additional mosquito monitoring traps.
There are currently more than 53 surveillance sites citywide, according to the department. They also use pesticide and larvicide to target mosquitoes and larvae.
While West Nile Virus does not cause symptoms in most patients, it can cause a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal cord for some.
The most common symptoms of West Nile are headache, fever, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue. Symptoms of more severe illness can also include changes in mental status and muscle weakness requiring hospitalization, the department said.
If you present symptoms of West Nile, contact your doctor, officials said.