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September 25, 2017

Oswego County Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus this year

OSWEGO COUNTY - Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang reported today that an Oswego City resident is recovering at home after being diagnosed with West Nile virus. The adult resident was hospitalized and released and is doing well. This is the first human case of West Nile virus in Oswego County this year.

West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It is estimated that 20 percent of people who become infected with West Nile will develop less severe symptoms including fever, headache and body aches, nausea. In some cases, the virus can cause severe infection including inflammation and swelling of the brain. Symptoms include high fever, muscle pain, neck stiffness, muscle weakness, disorientation, and a headache. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.

"West Nile virus has been found in multiple mosquito samples collected in Oswego County and the neighboring counties this summer," added Huang. "The virus is considered widespread in the region. It is important that county residents continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites until the first heavy frost comes."

People can reduce their chances of being exposed to viruses carried by mosquitoes by using insect repellents, and by reducing the mosquito population around their homes. The Oswego County Health Department advises people to:

For more information about protecting your family against mosquitoes, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3564 or visit the New York State Department of Health https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/ .

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