SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A town of Salina resident been diagnosed with West Nile virus, according to the Onondaga County Health Department.
It’s the first human case of the disease reported this year in Onondaga County.
The adult has been hospitalized and is in stable condition. The department did not disclose any other details about the individual.
West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop symptoms. But one in five people infected develop a fever with symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.
People over 60 and individuals with cancer, diabetes and other medical conditions are at increased risk. Severe symptoms caused by West Nile virus can cause death.
Onondaga County’s first reported West Nile death, involving a 91-year-old Syracuse man, occurred in 2012.
There is no human vaccine for West Nile virus or Eastern equine encephalitis, another mosquito-borne disease. Mosquitoes infected with both viruses have been collected from traps in Onondaga County this summer.
The health department said people should use repellent and take other steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites when outdoors.
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