Westchester County reports 1st West Nile Virus death this year

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A 76-year-old Yonkers resident died in August after contracting West Nile Virus, marking Westchester County’s first positive West Nile case and death this year, officials said Wednesday. 

The resident, who had “significant underlying medical conditions,” died on Aug. 22, the Westchester County Executive’s office said in a release. Westchester County Department of Health staffers who went to the resident’s home found “many” containers filled with standing water and mosquito larvae at the site, the release said.

The staffers removed the water from the containers, and treated nearby “catch basins” with larvicide as well, according to the release. 

“We are saddened to learn that the first resident to be diagnosed with West Nile Virus this year has died,” Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler said in a statement. “The overwhelming majority of people who get the virus do recover, and we generally have only a few cases each year."

One Westchester County resident was diagnosed with West Nile Virus last year; four were diagnosed in 2018; and three were diagnosed in 2017, the release said. 

More information about West Nile Virus and how to avoid contracting it is available on the county’s website

The county has asked anyone who notices “large areas of standing water” on public property to report them to the health department at 914-813-5000.