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2 Confirmed Cases Of West Nile Virus in Broome County

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The Broome County Health Department is reminding residents to take protective measures against mosquito bites.

There have been two confirmed cases of West Nile Virus among Broome County residents and since 2000 Broome County has had 10 cases of West Nile Virus.

Symptoms normally begin to kick in anywhere from 3 to 15 days after the bite.

Individuals with mild cases of WNV may develop a fever, headache, body aches, and skin rashes.

Those with severe cases may experience an onset of headaches, high fever, stiffness, muscle weakness, altered mental state, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis.

Tips to avoid West Nile Virus

  • Mosquito's like to lay their eggs in water, remove standing water from around your home.
  • Once a week flip the water in outdoor holders such as bird feeders, buckets, planters or tires.
  • Use EPA registered insect repellents
  • Follow the product instructions
  • Use screens on Windows and Doors

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