Two cases of human West Nile identified in NY
Aug 22, 2013 6:38 am
The Daily Freeman is reporting health officials are urging New York residents to take precautions after mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus were found in the state. Two human cases of West Nile virus were identified in Staten Island and one case was identified in a horse in Oneida County. Most people infected with the mosquito-borne virus either show no symptoms or suffer a flu-like illness. A small number develop a serious illness that can lead to neurological damage. Protective measures against mosquitoes include eliminating standing water, using repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and repairing doors and screens for tight fits.