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State Health Commissioner: Take precautions against mosquito bites
ALBANY -- With West Nile virus being discovered in mosquito pools in New York City and five other New York State counties, State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D. urged all New Yorkers to take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites on Tuesday.
"We work closely with local health departments to help reduce the public's risk of exposure to mosquito-borne illness sources," Commissioner Shah said. "However, the most important thing an individual can do is take basic precautions to avoid mosquito bites that could cause serious illness such as West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis virus."
So far this year, a total of twenty mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus. No human cases have been reported yet.
In 2012, there were 107 reported human cases of West Nile virus statewide and nine deaths.
To greatly minimize exposure to West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis virus, the New York State Department of Health recommends people take precautionary measures such as wearing shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for a long period of time.
People are also advised to apply appropriate mosquito repellent and to remove all standing water from property.