New York City reports 2 human cases of the West Nile virus as the city sees record number of infected mosquitoes
Across the city’s five boroughs, 1,068 mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The city recorded 779 positive pools at the same time last year.
“We are in the height of West Nile virus season, but there are things you can do to decrease your risk of being bitten,” New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said.
Using an insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants, especially when outside during late and early hours, may help prevent the risk of getting bit, Vasan explained.
There is no vaccine for the virus, so preventative measures are the most effective way to avoid infection.
In rare cases, the virus can also be spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, exposure in a lab setting or from mother to infant.
CNN’s Aya Elamroussi contributed to this report.