West Nile Virus Confirmed in WNY

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

Western New York residents are urged to take extra precautions to prevent contracting the West Nile virus.
Two pools of West Nile virus positive mosquitoes were collected from traps on July 17th and July18th causing the Erie County Health Department to issue public statements to prevent it from spreading to humans.

Officials are urging people to wear long pants, socks, and long sleeves when going outdoors at night when mosquito activity is at its peak.

You also want to make sure you're wearing a good insect repellent. For adults that's a repellent containing at least 30 to 50 percent DEET and at least 10 to 30 percent DEET for children.

Also important, you want to dump any standing water around your home outdoors where mosquitoes can lay eggs.

Most people won't even know if they have contracted the virus but about 20 percent of patients develop flu-like symptoms that can turn deadly.

So far there have been no human cases of West Nile virus reported in Erie County or the state.

Last year the county recorded its highest number of cases when 11 people were reported sick.