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Precautions for Park Visitors

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected deer tick. Untreated, the disease can cause a number of health problems. Patients treated with antibiotics in the early stage of the infection usually recover rapidly and completely. May is "Lyme Disease Awareness Month" in Suffolk County. For more information about tick-borne diseases and protection, please click here.

West Nile Encephalitis is transmitted through the bite of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus. When in the park, patrons are encouraged to avoid outings at night (from sunset to sunrise); to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants; and use repellents on exposed skin and clothing.

Upon notification from the Health Department, the Parks Department may have to close parks during evening and early morning hours to protect visitors from mosquitoes infected by the West Nile Virus. The Health Department conducts routine tests on pools of mosquitoes found within the parks, and when mosquitoes test positive for West Nile, the campground at that park will close and evening activities will be prohibited. Signs will be posted at the park and information will be provided on the Parks Website. The park will continue normal hours and operations when three consecutive test samples return negative for the West Nile Virus.

SUN SAFETY - The Parks Department provides a wide array of recreational opportunities to park visitors including golf, hiking, camping, bird watching, sunbathing, swimming, horseback riding, boating, fishing, and more. While taking part in any outdoor activity, the Parks Department encourages all patrons to take proper precautions to protect themselves against skin cancer and other health related problems by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and staying in shady areas as much as possible. May is "Melanoma Awareness Month" in Suffolk County.

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