Crow carrying West Nile Virus found on West Point campus

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:30

    Goshen — Officials at the United States Military Academy at West Point have reported that a dead crow found on campus was sent for testing and was positive for West Nile. Birds can be part of the cycle by which mosquitoes transmit the virus to humans. “Positive West Nile virus is a reminder that this is still a serious health risk,” said Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Jean M. Hudson said in a press release announcing the finding. Hudson offered the following prevention tips: Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn. Residents should wear appropriate clothing and consider sprays when spending time outdoors until the first frost. Wear shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when you are outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active. They should also check their property for any pooling or stagnant water which may encourage mosquito breeding. Consider using mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors, particularly during evening activities e.g., fishing. Make sure to follow the directions on the label. Mosquitoes can breed in any stagnant water that lasts more than four days. To reduce or eliminate standing water that attracts mosquitoes around your home and property, take the following precautions: Drill drain holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors. Make sure that roof gutters drain properly, and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall. Change the water in birdbaths twice a week. Remove all discarded tires from your property. Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. For more information on mosquito prevention or protection, call the Orange County Department of Health at 845-291-2332.