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New York health officials recently discovered the season’s first batch of West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes in areas of Queens and Staten Island. No human cases have been recorded yet, but the New York State Department of Health is advising residents to take extra care to protect themselves against this tiny menace. Read on to see some steps you can take to keep yourself bite-free.



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Although they don’t feed at all hours of the day like the tiger mosquitoes threatening New Jersey, the infected mosquitoes found in the Pomonok section of Flushing and the Huguenot Beach neighborhood in Staten Island still pose a risk to infants, people over 50, and anyone who has a compromised immune system.

In order to prevent widespread proliferation of the skeeters, authorities plan to apply larvicide in catch basins and other breeding grounds in the area, according to NY Daily News. The health department also announced that it will set up new traps to limit spread. Still, an ounce of prevention goes a long way, so locals are urged to protect themselves by dumping out any still water such as kiddie pools, wearing mosquito repellent and covering arms and legs when outside at night.

Via NY Daily News

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