OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department reported today (Sept. 23) that an Oswego resident is recovering from West Nile virus.
The resident was hospitalized and is now recovering at home.
Health officials said the mosquito population has been relatively low this summer due to the heat and dry conditions.
Residents of all ages are advised to continue to protect themselves from mosquitoes until the first hard frost occurs.
Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus are the most effective and should be used according to package instructions.
In most people, West Nile virus causes no symptoms, but it can cause serious health problems and in rare instances can lead to death.
Individuals aged 50 and older are at highest risk for serious illness.
It is estimated that 20 percent of the people who become infected will develop West Nile fever and have mild symptoms, including fever, headache and body aches, and occasionally a skin rash and swollen lymph glands.
Anyone who experiences these symptoms should seek medical attention.
Many mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus lay their eggs in stagnant water around the home.
“Any standing water around the yard can provide a home for mosquitoes to breed. Mosquitoes can then enter houses through broken screens or unscreened windows or doors,” said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director.
For more information on West Nile virus, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3547 or visit the New York State Department of Health’s web site at http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/fact_sheet.htm.