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West Nile virus detected in Staten Island

City officials say the virus was found in mosquitoes, but not humans.

The Health Department reported this morning that they detected mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in Staten Island.

The announcement is the first for the summer. Health Department officials said mosquitoes were collected from New Dorp Beach and Bulls Head.

City workers also are setting up traps and treating catch basins in those neighborhoods.

The Health Department stressed that no New Yorkers have been diagnosed with the West Nile virus.

The last time West Nile was identified in the city was September 2011, when it was found in the Bronx. Last year, West Nile was detected in all five boroughs in September, according to the Health Department.

West Nile can cause neurological diseases or a flu-like headache, according to the Health Department.

“West Nile virus has been detected on Staten Island, but simple precautions can help protect you and your family,” Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said in a statement. “Wear mosquito repellent when you’re outdoors, and cover your arms and legs if you’re outside at dawn or dusk.”

 
 
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