News West Nile virus found in NYC mosquitos on Staten Island, health department says Officials found West Nile virus in mosquitoes that were located in Prince's Bay in Staten Island on June 12, 2016, according to Health Commissioner Mary Bassett. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Marvin Recinos By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Updated June 20, 2016 12:21 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The city’s health department announced Monday it has discovered West Nile virus in city mosquitoes. Officials found the virus in mosquitoes that were located in Prince’s Bay in Staten Island June 12, according to Health Commissioner Mary Bassett. Although there have been no reported human West Nile cases, Bassett urged New Yorkers to take precautions during the summer. “New Yorkers can help us keep the mosquito population at a minimum by removing standing water from items like buckets, gutters, planters, or any other containers that might be outdoors,” she said in a statement. The virus can cause serious complications, such as neurological diseases, and can also cause “a milder flu-like illness with headache, fever and fatigue, weakness and sometimes rash,” according to the Health Department. The city said it will conduct measures to kill mosquito larvae throughout the summer including applying larvicide to standing water and marshlands. By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.