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Person in Monroe County diagnosed with West Nile Virus

The first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in 2017 has been confirmed in Monroe County. (Photo credit: CDC)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - For the first time this year in Monroe County, a person has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus (WNV).

The Monroe County Department of Public Health confirmed the news Wednesday morning.

There have been 16 other cases of humans with WNV in New York so far this year.

The risk is now at its peak and will continue through the first heavy frost, according to the Monroe County Department of Public Health.

“Late summer and early fall is the point when the risk of West Nile to humans is highest, so it is particularly important now for residents to take steps to reduce mosquito bites by covering exposed skin when mosquitoes are active and use insect repellent,” said Dr. Michael Mendoza, Commissioner of Public Health.

  • To protect against West Nile Virus, the Department of Public Health recommends taking the following steps:
  • Try to limit your time outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants outside when practical
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET
  • Get rid of standing water on property
  • Keep those window screens on the up and up

According to the CDC, the majority of people bitten by an infected mosquito will have no symptoms.

People over the age of 50 and those with chronic illness are at highest-risk for serious illness from West Nile Virus.

The Health Department said Wednesday the person diagnosed with West Nile Virus did survive, but did not release any details.

It's not known where the person was bit. Both the county and state conduct tests throughout the summer on mosquitoes and no mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus this year.

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