The West Nile virus has been discovered in Onondaga County for the second time this year. YNN's Erin Clarke takes a look at the findings compared to last year and talks to health officials about whether we should be worried.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A month into summer, Onondaga County has announced two findings of the West Nile virus.
"West Nile is part of the Central New York environment and we expect to find it each year," said Onondaga County Environmental Health Director Lisa Letteney.
In 2011, there were 17 findings of West Nile, collected from 18 mosquito traps situated around the county. The latest finding was from a trap at Midler Avenue in Syracuse.
Health officials say because it's been so hot out, you may not have noticed as many mosquitoes. That's because the standing water they tend to congregate in dries up quicker and most of us are avoiding outdoor activities, but despite the small number of findings of the virus, we're not in the clear yet.
"A lot of times, we'll get a lot of the positive mosquitoes in August into early September," said Letteney.
She suggests still taking precautions. Cut down on any standing water around your home. Cover up during the hours when mosquitoes are out, that's usually dusk and dawn, and use bug spray. Simple advice that can prevent you from getting bitten and possibly contracting a disease.