The West Nile virus is now responsible for a human death in Onondaga County. Health officials held a news conference this afternoon. Our Iris St. Meran has the latest.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Onondaga County health officials say a human has fallen victim to the West Nile virus.
Details are very limited due to privacy. We do know the victim was an older adult who was hospitalized and later died. It's the first death in the county, but the second human case of the virus.
Health officials had previously said another adult had contracted the virus but was expected to make a full recovery.
The Onondaga County Health Commissioner says there are no plans to spray because the weather has been so dry.
"We are at historically low levels of mosquito counts. When we have so few mosquitoes in our community, spraying just doesn't make sense. There aren't enough of them to warrant spraying," said Cynthia Morrow, Onondaga County Health Commissioner.
Health officials say anyone who is outside for extended periods of time should wear mosquito repellant, long-sleeved clothes, and avoid being outside around dusk and dawn. That's when mosquitoes are most active.