West Nile Virus just found in a mosquito batch that has tested positive for the first time this year according to the Westchester County Department of Health.

The County Health Department staff collected this mosquito batch in New Rochelle and sent to New York State Department of Health for testing.

Last year, seven positive mosquito batches were found in Westchester County and two human cases of West Nile Virus were reported. So far this year, there have been no reported human cases.

“This is the time of year when we typically start to identify mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus in Westchester,” Sherlita Amler, MD said in a statement. “While it should not be a major cause for concern, it would be prudent for residents to use repellents when outdoors from dusk to dawn to avoid mosquito bites altogether.”

The Health Department will continue to trap and test mosquitoes and survey catch basins for mosquito larvae or standing water.  We will continue to keep you posted with health alerts!