CONCORD, N.Y. (WIVB) - Release: Erie County Health Commissioner AnthonyJ. Billittier IV, M.D., announced Monday that a pool of mosquitoeshas tested positive for the West Nile Virus, and Erie Countyresidents need to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites duringoutdoor activities. The pool, the first to test positive in ErieCounty this season, was detected in a pool of Aedes vexansmosquitoes 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 WestNile Virus in our area serves as a reminder that precautions shouldbe taken. West Nile Virus may not have been in the news lately butit is still important to remind everyone that the best way to avoidthe virus is to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings andtake the necessary steps to eliminate standing water from theirproperty.
“Residents should continue to enjoy activities in parksand other outdoor settings using precautions to protect themselvesfrom mosquitoes. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts especiallyduring the evening hours. A mosquito repellant containing at least25% DEET (10% for children) is also recommended.”
Dr. Billittier concluded, “The County continues to operatea mosquito surveillance and larviciding program to reduce the totalnumber of mosquitoes. These efforts will continue until theseason’s first frost.”
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