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Confirmed human case of West Nile virus found in Albany County | News

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Confirmed human case of West Nile virus found in Albany County
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ALBANY - Today, NewsChannel 13 learned that a person over the age of 60 has West Nile in Albany County and is now recovering at home.

The first ever case in the county is blamed on the recent flooding that caused the mosquito population to spike.

NewsChannel 13 sat down with a doctor today to find out what signs should you look for if you have been bit by an infected mosquito.

Tropical Storms Irene and Lee brought damage, devastation and dangerous amounts of mosquitoes. There are 12 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in New York State including one in Albany County.

Traces of the virus have also been found in Berkshire and Columbia Counties. So what should you do if you've been bit? The simple answer, wait and watch.

Symptoms take anywhere from three to fourteen days to appear and in some cases you may not see symptoms at all.

According to the centers for disease control 80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms are all. Twenty percent will have mild symptoms like fever headache and nausea and about 1 in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness.

To protect yourself wear long pants, long sleeves, avoid going out during the hours of dawn and dusk, and use insect repellant with deet but do not use that on infants.

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