SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY – A total of 14 new mosquito samples have been tested positive for the West Nile virus in Suffolk County, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.
Samples, all Culex pipiens-restuans, were collected July 16-22, from Dix Hills (2), Nesconset (1), North Babylon (1) and Huntington (4), Huntington Station (UK). 1), Rocky Point (2), Holbrook (1), Northern Patchogue (1), and Setauket (1).
To date, the county has confirmed that 23 mosquito samples have been tested positive for West Nile virus. So far no cases of humans have been reported.
The West Nile virus, first detected in birds and mosquito samples in Suffolk County in 1
"Confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the West Nile virus in the region" said Dr. James James Tomarken said. "Although there is no cause for concern, we encourage residents to work with us to reduce exposure to the virus, which can be harmful to humans."
According to Tomarken, most people infected with the West Nile virus will have mild or no symptoms, but some may experience severe symptoms such as high fever, headache, neck stiffness, drowsiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, Develop deafness and paralysis.
The symptoms may persist for several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent. People, especially those who are 50 years or older, or those with the most compromised immune system, are encouraged to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
To avoid mosquito bites, residents are advised to:
- Minimize outdoor activities between dawn and dawn.
- Wear shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when mosquitoes are active.
- Use a mosquito repellent, following the instructions on the label.
- Make sure all windows and doors are screened and all screens are in good condition.
- Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside your home. Once a week, wipe off any empty and scrubbing containers, dump them, cover them, or throw out containers containing water, such as vases, pet bowls, flowerpot coasters, discarded tires, buckets, pool covers, bird baths, dustbins, and Rain Barrels] Dead birds may indicate the presence of West Nile virus in the area. To report dead birds, call Health Information in Suffolk County at 631-852-5999 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Residents are encouraged to take a picture of a questionable bird.
To report on mosquito problems or stagnant pools, call the Department of Public Inspection at the Public Works Department at 631-852-4270
For more information on the West Nile virus, visit the Ministry of Health website  Image via Shutterstock
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