The first positive test in 2015 for West Nile Virus (“WNV”) was identified in a mosquito pool in Erie County earlier this month.

“We have not had a confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Erie County since October 2012 and we want to ensure it stays that way,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein in a press release.

“I want to remind residents to minimize exposure to mosquitoes by limiting outdoor activities at times of high mosquito activity, such as dusk and dawn. When going outdoors, it is important to cover as much as skin as possible with clothing and to use an effective repellant that contains 25 to 30 percent DEET on exposed skin.”