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Western New York and West Nile

blog by S.J. Velasquez  • 

It’s nearing the end of summer, but Western New Yorkers aren’t in the clear yet—in terms of contracting the West Nile virus.

According to UB professor of medicine Richard Lee, MD, mosquitos aren’t likely to shy away from humans just because our calendars note that summer is coming to a close.

“August and September are ideal times to see an increase in West Nile virus because that’s when mosquitoes are at full strength. I would expect to see more cases in the region,” Lee said in a UB news release.

According to the Buffalo News, Western New York saw its first official case of the virus in a human diagnosed last week. It’s the 11th confirmed case in the state, including one that was fatal.

To avoid contracting the virus, he suggests ridding your surroundings of stagnant water and avoiding places that harbor moisture—such as a regularly watered golf course.

Lee also said that he would be worried if he began hearing reports of high numbers of bird deaths in the area, “because birds are the principal reservoir for West Nile virus.”

TAGGED: health, richard lee, ub, virus, west nile

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