1st human case of West Nile reported in Monroe County

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Stay on the lookout for mosquitoes as the first human case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Monroe County this year.

The health department says there have been 16 other cases of West Nile in New York State so far this year.

Doctors stress that the risk of contracting the virus is now at its peak and will continue through the first heavy frost.

They say its important to cover exposed skin when mosquitoes are active and use insect repellent containing DEET.

Doctors suggest draining standing water outdoors as mosquitoes target these areas to breed.

They say less than 1 percent of mosquitoes carry the virus and then less than 1 percent of those bitten by an infected mosquito will become seriously ill.

People over age 50 and those with chronic illnesses are considered at highest risk to become seriously ill from the virus.

Symptoms include high fever and headache.

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