GASPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - Niagara County reports a young adult male is recovering at home after contracting the West Nile virus. The man, who lives in Gasport, was hospitalized for illness clinically consistent with West Nile Virus infection. It is the first laboratory-confirmed human case of the virus in the county in 2013.
Niagara County says they believe he contracted the virus in Gasport. The county says they have no West Nile Virus positive mosquito pools, infected birds or positive horses to date.
Mild signs and symptoms of the virus include fever, headache and body aches, and occasionally, a skin rash and swollen lymph glands.
Niagara County Director of Health Daniel Stapleton says the following activities will help reduce the mosquito population:
• Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.
• Empty, clean and replace fresh water in birdbaths daily.
• Remove all discarded tires on the property.
• Make sure roof gutters drain properly and clean clogged gutters.
• Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
• Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds and keep shrubs and grass trimmed.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.
• Drain water from pool covers.
The following tips are also recommended to avoid the virus:
• Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
• Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors for long periods of time, and when mosquitoes are more active.
• Use mosquito repellent when outdoors, following label directions carefully.
• Make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good repair.
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