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Onondaga County Health Department: Temps Biggest Factor For West Nile

Musquito (c) 2017 Onondaga Health Department

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West Nile Virus Wrap

By Brittany HendersonĀ  Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Onondaga County Health Department found the West Nile Virus for the first time this year in a Cicero pool earlier this week on Tuesday.

Many people may think the finding of the West Nile virus was a result of the large amount of rain the county has had so far this year, but the Onondaga County Health Department says that’s not the case.

Stephanie Waldron, with Risk Assessment for Onondaga County Health Department said the finding of the virus is a result of the weather but not rain.

“It’s probably due to the fact that it was cold here you know like in June it really has been mostly 70 degree days and at night it got so cold that the mosquitos weren’t really active,” she said.

Waldron said the virus being found around this time of year is no surprise.

“It’s pretty much every year. “It’s probably been two random years, where we haven’t found it that doesn’t mean it wasn’t around we just didn’t catch a mosquito that had itĀ.” said Waldron.

For the past 18 years the virus has been found in Syracuse in the months of July and August. Waldron said sometimes the mosquito that is found often is one that comes up from the sewer systems. Usually when the virus is found it continues to show up for about four weeks. The county has about six to seven traps that go out nightly to catch mosquitos.

According to Waldron, the county will continue their usual routine of testing mosquitoes for the virus throughout the rest of the summer.

Pile of mosquitoes (c) 2017 Onondaga Health Department.

Pile of mosquitoes (c) 2017 Onondaga Health Department.