Updated 07/27/2012 06:43 PM
West Nile virus found in Orange County
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ORANGE COUNTY -- Mosquitoes carrying west nile virus are found in Orange County.
Health officials said the mosquitos were found in the villages of Greenwood Lake and Goshen. Orange County's Health Commissioner is offering some tips to keep residents safe:
- Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn
- Wear long clothing when outdoors for long periods of time
- Use mosquito repellent
- Check your property for stagnant water.
“Only about 20 percent of people who get West Nile get overt symptoms, but it can be very severe. The other thing you can do is to protect your family by getting them involved in keeping your yard safe, after the rain it’s really important to get the children help you by turning out all those little pools and buckets of water because mosquito’s don’t take long to start breeding in those pools,” said Jean Hudson, Orange County Health Commissioner.
Health officials also said protecting yourself during the early morning and evening hours are key as those are generally the times that mosquito’s carrying West Nile are out.