continued —Clear roof gutters, remove leaf debris from yards and gardens and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.
—Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use.
—Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and drain pool covers.
—Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.
In rare cases, humans may be infected with West Nile virus. The virus may cause severe inflammation and swelling of the brain, even death. West Nile virus could be much less severe and most infected humans do not develop symptoms. Symptoms from WNV viruses’ infections include sudden high fever, muscle pains, and a headache of increasing severity. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.
For more information on West Nile Virus, call the Madison County Health Department at 366-2526 or visit the New York State Department of Health website at health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/fact_sheet.htm