The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is reminding county residents to stay vigilant in eliminating mosquito breeding grounds and preventing mosquito bites as the summer season ends. Routine surveillance of mosquito pools in Erie County has identified West Nile virus (WNV) present in the mosquito population.
And even as cooler weather takes hold, to reduce the risk of mosquito bites when outdoors, residents should:
- Wear long sleeve shirt and long pants
- Consider insect repellant and use according to label directions
- Limit outdoor activities; mosquitoes are most active at dusk and at dawn
- Stay away from brush, shrubs, and wooded areas where mosquitoes may live.
- See Fight Mosquitos One Yard at a Time which shows simple steps to limit places in yards where mosquitos can lay their eggs and multiply.
Most people who are infected with West Nile virus will not have symptoms of illness. About one in five people who are infected will develop a fever and other symptoms like headache, body pains, vomiting or rash. For one in 150 people infected with West Nile virus, a severe illness affecting the central nervous system severe illness. Fatigue and weakness from a West Nile virus infection can last for weeks or months.
The ECDOH Division of Environmental Health and its Vector Control Program is continuing to respond to complaints about stagnant pools in neighborhoods that hold massive mosquito breeding grounds. For more information on this program, call (716) 961-6800.