NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The West Nile virus has hit New York City for the first time this year, according to the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The department said Monday that the virus was detected in mosquitoes that were found in Flushing, Queens, as well as in Huguenot Beach on Staten Island.
Health officials stressed that so far, there have been no human West Nile cases in the city. But they have advised New Yorkers to prevent mosquito bites.
The department last week advised using an insect repellent using picaridin, DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or products with the active ingredient IR3535. The department also advised making sure that windows have screens that are in good repair; that roof gutters are cleain and draining properly; and that swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs are cleaned and chlorinated.
Last year, 41 New York City residents were diagnosed with the West Nile virus.
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