Well being officers: West Nile virus detected in 2 New York Metropolis residents, document variety of mosquitos

NEW YORK — The New York Metropolis Well being Division has issued an alert about West Nile virus.

Well being officers say there are two human circumstances in Queens and Brooklyn, and the illness has been detected in a document variety of mosquitoes throughout all 5 boroughs.

To date, there was a complete of 1,068 optimistic mosquito swimming pools, in comparison with 779 at the moment final 12 months.

A complete of 54 West Nile circumstances and 4 deaths have been reported in the US this 12 months.

In line with well being officers, most individuals contaminated with West Nile virus show no signs and go on to totally get well. Some sufferers develop fever and different signs, together with complications, muscle aches and excessive fatigue.

To cut back publicity to mosquitoes, well being officers say New Yorkers ought to:

  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent,
  • Put on lengthy sleeves and pants, particularly when outdoors at nightfall or daybreak,
  • Be sure home windows have screens, and restore or change any screens with holes in them,
  • Eradicate standing water out of your property and get rid of containers that may accumulate water,
  • Be sure roof gutters are clear and drained,
  • And clear and chlorinate swimming swimming pools, outside saunas and sizzling tubs.

For extra data, go to nyc.gov/well being/wnv.