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Westchester begins annual West Nile prevention
WESTCHESTER (WABC) -- Health officials in Westchester County will begin their annual West Nile virus prevention efforts Monday.
Teams across the county will begin testing and evaluating catch basins along county and municipal roads.
Over the next few months, their goal is to eliminate breeding places for mosquitoes that carry the virus.
The insects normally lay eggs in standing water. Health officials ask that residents make sure there is no standing water near their homes.
Some people experience only mild flu-like symptoms after contracting West Nile virus, but the infection can cause meningitis or encephalitis, which can result in a potentially fatal inflammation of the brain or spinal cord.
Reducing Exposure to Mosquitoes
If you think you have symptoms of West Nile virus, see your doctor right away. The most common symptoms are headache, fever and extreme fatigue.
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