Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus

July 27, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2010 at 2:39 PM EDT

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Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus

July 27, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2010 at 2:39 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Erie County Health Commissioner Anthony Billittier is calling for increased awareness after a poll of mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The positive test came from a pool of mosquitoes captured by the CDC at Sprague Brook Park in the Town of Concord, New York.

Dr. Billittier stated, “The identification of the West Nile Virus in our area serves as a reminder that precautions should be taken. West Nile Virus may not have been in the news lately but it is still important to remind everyone that the best way to avoid the virus is to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings and take the necessary steps to eliminate standing water from their property."

The Health Department warns residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites during outdoor activities by wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts, and using repellent containing at least 25 percent DEET (10% for children).