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Livingston County Department of Health shares dangers of the West Nile Virus

New Yorkers are eager for the warmer weather of summer. But warmer weather brings mosquitoes and with them comes the risk of West Nile Virus, spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Even though the chances of infection are slim, it is important to take precautions. People of all ages can become infected with West Nile Virus, but those with compromised immune systems and the elderly are at the highest risk of developing severe symptoms. The following guidelines are recommended to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile Virus:

  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If using on small children, do not apply to the face or hands. Do not apply repellant to infants; use mosquito netting instead.
  • Cover your skin as much as possible when outside. Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks.
  • Get rid of standing water, which is where mosquitoes lay eggs. Look around at things like buckets, cans, flowerpots, and other items that may retain water. Empty and refill birdbaths once or twice a week. I
  • Install or repair window and door screens so mosquitoes cannot get into the house.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Livingston County Department of Health at (585) 243-7280, or visit online.