BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Health officials are warning residents that mosquito pools in Erie County have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Leaders are reminding residents to eliminate standing water where mosquitoes breed.
The mosquito-borne illness is transmitted through a bite from an infected mosquito One in five people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms.
Less than one percent of infected people will develop serious, sometimes fatal, neurological illness.
The Erie County Health Department recommends you follow these recommendations to keep yourself and your family healthy:
- Do not leave standing water for longer than two days before dumping it out
- Change the water in birdbaths and planter bases every two days
- Clean clogged gutters to allow rainfall to drain freely
- Reduce Exposure to Mosquitoes. Avoid mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities at times of high mosquito activity, such as dusk and dawn.
- Mosquito traps, electrocutors (bug zappers), ultrasonic repellers, and other devices marketed to prevent mosquitoes from biting people are not effective and should not be relied on to reduce mosquito bites (so save your money!).
- Use Barriers to Protect Skin. (mosquito nets/screens for baby strollers/playpens, long sleeves/pants, socks/shoes, hats)
- Discourage Mosquitoes from Biting. Mosquitoes are attracted to people by odors on the skin and by carbon dioxide from the breath.
- Use an Effective Repellant during outdoor activities
- Most effective repellants contain 25-30% DEET
- Products with lower concentrations of DEET will need to be reapplied more often
- Do not use on cuts, irritated or infected skin
- Spray on skin & then rub it in
- Do not spray on face; spray on hands then rub it on your face
- Reapply after sweating or getting wet