Updated: Monday, 26 Jul 2010, 11:46 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 26 Jul 2010, 11:46 AM EDT
CONCORD, N.Y. (WIVB) - Release: Erie County Health Commissioner Anthony J. Billittier IV, M.D., announced Monday that a pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, and Erie County residents need to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites during outdoor activities. The pool, the first to test positive in Erie County this season, was detected in a pool of Aedes vexans mosquitoes captured in a CDC Light Trap at Sprague Brook Park, Glenwood, New York in the town of Concord.
Dr. Billittier stated, “The identification of the West Nile Virus in our area serves as a reminder that precautions should be taken. West Nile Virus may not have been in the news lately but it is still important to remind everyone that the best way to avoid the virus is to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings and take the necessary steps to eliminate standing water from their property.
“Residents should continue to enjoy activities in parks and other outdoor settings using precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts especially during the evening hours. A mosquito repellant containing at least 25% DEET (10% for children) is also recommended.”
Dr. Billittier concluded, “The County continues to operate a mosquito surveillance and larviciding program to reduce the total number of mosquitoes. These efforts will continue until the season’s first frost.”