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Mt. Pleasant Residents Unaffected by West Nile

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – For Thornwood resident Robin Vulcano, mosquito bites have never really been a major issue, but that doesn't mean they can't be. With a recent positive finding in Hastings , the West Nile virus is back in Westchester County.

Vulcano and her son are frequent visitors to Nannahagan Park in Pleasantville, where mosquitoes could be an issue with the adjacent pond, but says she was unaware of the positive West Nile testing.

"We usually don't see too many mosquitoes here, but we also try not to stay too late into the evening when they would come out," Vulcano said.

Although unaware of the possible dangers, Vulcano said she always takes proper precaution with her children. In the evening, she said she requires her son to wear a band on his ankle that repels mosquitoes from being a nuisance.

The West Nile Virus is most common during August and early September, which is when mosquitoes carrying the highest amounts of the virus are abundant. As the weather cools, mosquitoes die off and the risk of infection decreases.

The Centers for Disease Control provides tips for avoiding mosquito bites which include using mosquito repellent on exposed skin and cleaning roof gutters or areas where water collects

If you do become infected with West Nile virus, you might experience minor symptoms, such as low-grade fever and mild headache. Or, you might not experience any symptoms at all. Fewer than 1 percent of the people sickened develop life-threatening illnesses, such as West Nile encephalitis or West Nile meningitis that include inflammation of the brain, the CDC says.

The mild signs and symptoms of West Nile virus infection, fever, headaches, body aches and fatigue, generally go away on their own. Severe signs and symptoms , bad headache, disorientation, lack of coordination, convulsions, tremors or sudden weakness, require immediate attention.

Vulcano and her son may steer clear of any mosquito bites and the West Nile virus, but that may not be the case for her spouse.

"My husband always gets bit, he's got that sweet blood," Vulcano joked.

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