West Nile Virus

The New York State Department of Health has confirmed that an Erie County resident has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus found among mosquitoes in Amherst

Aug 21, 2017
WBFO file photo

The Erie County Health Department reported Monday that West Nile Virus was positively identified within a pool of mosquitoes tested in the Town of Amherst.  State health officials are reminding the public to take precautionary steps to slow its spread.

The first discovered instance of a mosquito bearing the West Nile virus this year has been reported in Erie County.

Local residents are being encouraged to take precautions before heading outdoors. That warning issued following the discovery that mosquitoes are once again infected with West Nile Virus.

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Health officials continue to urge residents to take precautions to avoid contact with the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.

The notice follows the death of an elderly Erie County resident who had contracted the virus.

Erie County Health Commissioner Doctor Gail Burstein tells WBFO and AM970 that it's unclear if the virus was the cause of death since the individual suffered from other serious health issues.

Photo from CDC Website

There has been one confirmed human case of the West Nile virus in Erie County. 

County health officials said Thursday an adult was hospitalized, but has been since released to recover at home. 

The Health Department is warning residents to take precautions against mosquitoes that carry the disease.  Director of Public Health Dr. Scott Zimmerman says the drier than normal summer has not flushed out standing water, allowing mosquitoes to breed.