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State DOH warns of West Nile virus

State DOH warns of West Nile virus

With the West Nile virus being discovered in mosquito pools across five counties in New York, including Onondaga, the State Department of Health is urging all residents to take protective measure to avoid mosquito bites.

According to Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa, symptoms of West Nile are usually similar to the flu, but recommends seeking help from your health care provider if you feel these symptoms in order to get an accurate diagnosis.

Kruppa recommends people wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors for a long period of time.

People are also advised to spray on mosquito repellent containing the compound DEET and to remove all standing water from property.

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