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West Nile Virus discovered in Amherst

By Chris Jamele

Buffalo, NY – The New York State Health Department has found evidence of the West Nile Virus in mosquito traps in Amherst.

Amherst Town Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein tells WBFO News Amherst is the only area community that sets mosquito traps.

Representatives of the New York State Health Department claim that traces of the virus have been found in mosquito traps.

Weinstein said 8 traps tested positive for West Nile in the Amherst area.

Symptoms of infection can include fever, muscle aches, vomiting and seizures. Experts say that residents should take precautions against mosquito bites by covering exposed skin and using repellents.

Ridding yards of standing water will prevent the propagation of mosquitoes.