A total of four mosquito samples taken from Suffolk County tested positive for West Nile virus, officials say.
Samples were collected on Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28 by Brentwood, Selden, Aquebogue and Jamesport. So far, there are no new samples that tested positive for Eastern Horse Encephalitis (EEE).
Suffolk County reports a total of 57 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus and six samples tested positive for EEE. In addition, four birds tested positive for West Nile virus.
However, so far this year, no human or horse has tested positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk County, officials say.
"Confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito or bird samples indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area," says Sufflook County Health Commissioner Dr. James L. Tomarken. "Although there is no cause for concern, we encourage residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to reduce their exposure to the virus, which can be debilitating for humans."
West Nile virus is known to cause a number of mild to severe symptoms including headache, vomiting, muscle pain, joint pain and fatigue. Although there is no specific treatment for the virus, patients are treated with maintenance therapy.
Suffolk County residents can help control mosquito populations by eliminating stagnant water in their property. Authorities say those who live or visit the Manorville area should be extra vigilant.
People over 50 and others with compromised immune systems are urged to take extra care to avoid mosquito bites with these steps:
- Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
- Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts when mosquitoes are active.
- Use a mosquito repellent and follow the instructions carefully.
- Prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs inside or outside your home: once a week, empty and clean, flip, cover or discard containers containing water, including vases, pet water bowls, pots and pans, and more.
Residents are also urged to download a copy of the Suffolk County Mosquito Information Sheet available
To report problems with mosquitoes or stagnant water pools, call the Public Affairs Vector Management Division at (631) 852-4270.
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