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West Nile Virus Found in Amherst

AMHERST, N.Y. - The NYS Health Department says several traps in Amherst have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in mosquitoes.

Symptoms of the virus include high fever, headache, muscle aches, stiff neck, vomiting, seizures and tremors. These symptoms can develop between three and 14 days after a bite.

There are several precautions you can take to avoid being bitten by a potentially infected mosquito.

-Drain water from garbage cans, gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots and any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

-Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used. Also protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.

-Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least twice a week. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

-Repair broken screens on doors, windows, porches and patios.

-Wear shoes, socks and long pants and sleeves if outside when mosquitoes are active.

-Apply repellent to bare skin and clothing. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective. DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months old.

The very young, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are the most at risk.



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