First positive West Nile virus case in Westchester in 2021

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WHITE PLAINS – The first human case of West Nile virus this year has been confirmed in Westchester County in a 58-year-old resident with multiple underlying medical conditions, who is hospitalized.

“This first case of West Nike virus should remind us all to take precautions against mosquito bites by removing standing water from our property, especially after recent heavy rain and flooding, and using repellents when we spend time outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active,” said County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler.

West Nile virus infection most often causes a mild or moderate flu-like illness, but can be more serious particularly for people 60 and older, and those with other health complications. Last year, three people were diagnosed with the virus and in 2019, one county resident had West Nile.