A total of four mosquito samples taken from Suffolk County have tested positive for West Nile virus, officials say.
The samples were collected on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 28 from Brentwood, Selden, Aquebogue and Jamesport. No new samples have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) at this time.
Suffolk County has reported a total of 57 mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile virus and six samples that have tested positive for EEE. Additionally, four birds have tested positive for West Nile virus.
However, no humans or horses have tested positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk County to date this year, officials say.
“The confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area,” said Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James L. Tomarken. “While there is no cause for alarm, we advise residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to reduce their exposure to the virus, which can be debilitating to humans.”
West Nile virus is known to cause a range of mild to severe symptoms, including headaches, vomiting, muscle aches, joint pain, and fatigue. While there is no specific treatment for the virus, patients are treated with supportive therapy.
Suffolk County residents can assist in controlling the mosquito population by eliminating standing water on their property. Officials say those who live in or visit the Manorville area should be particularly vigilant.
Individuals over the age of 50 and others with compromised immune systems are urged to take extra caution to avoid mosquito bites with these steps:
- Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
- Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when mosquitos are active.
- Use mosquito repellant and follow the instructions carefully.
- Prevent mosquitos from laying eggs inside or outside your home: once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water, including vases, pet water bowls, flowerpot saucers, etc.
Residents are also urged to download a copy of Suffolk County’s informational brochure about mosquito protection, available here.
To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at (631) 852-4270.
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