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Four Mosquito Samples Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Four Mosquito Samples Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Residents urged to eliminate stagnant water near homes

Suffolk County Health Services Commissioner Dr. James L. Tomarken announced today that four more mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus. The samples, Culex pipiens-restuans, were collected on July 8, 2015 from Lindenhurst (2), Nesconset (1), and East Northport (1). To date this year, seven mosquito samples have tested positive, the first was collected in South Huntington on June 18, 2015 the second was collected on June 23, 2015 in Selden, and the third was collected on June 30, 2015 in West Babylon.


West Nile virus, first detected in birds and mosquito samples in Suffolk County in 1999 and again each year thereafter, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. No humans, horses or birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk this year.


“The confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area,” said Dr. Tomarken. “While there is no cause for alarm, we urge residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to reduce the exposure to the virus, which can be debilitating to humans.”


To reduce the mosquito population around homes, residents should try to eliminate stagnant water where mosquitoes breed:

According to Dr. Tomarken, most people infected with West Nile virus will experience mild or no symptoms, but some can develop severe symptoms including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. The symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. Individuals, especially those 50 years of age or older, or those with compromised immune systems, who are most at risk, are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.


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