What is West Nile Virus (WNV)?
West Nile is a virus most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.
There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other flu-like symptoms, such as headache, body aches and joint pains. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.
You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites.
You can also reduce your risk by helping to reduce the mosquito population near your home. This can be done by eliminating standing water where mosquitos can breed.
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- Press Release 10/04/17: Erie County Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus since 2012; Residents Reminded to Eliminate Standing Water Where Mosquitoes Breed
- Press Release 08/21/17: Mosquitoes in Erie County Test Positive for West Nile Virus; Residents Reminded to Eliminate Standing Water Where Mosquitoes Breed
- Press Release 05/03/17: Excessive Rain & Standing Water Could Lead to Increase in Mosquitoes; Residents Asked to Help Prevent Mosquito Breeding by Eliminating Standing Water
- West Nile Virus (CDC)
- West Nile Virus Fact Sheet (NYSDOH)
- West Nile Virus Response Plan (NYSDOH)
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)