Twelve new mosquito samples have examined optimistic for West Nile virus throughout Suffolk County, bringing the whole variety of West Nile circumstances as much as 18 for the season within the county, Suffolk County Well being Companies Commissioner James L. Tomarken mentioned.
The samples, all Culex pipiens-restuans, had been collected on July 20 and July 21 in Farmingville (2) Selden (1) Port Jeff Station (1) Stony Brook (1) Huntington Station (1) Northport (2) Greenlawn (1) Commack (1) Shelter Island (1) and Holtsville (1).
West Nile virus, first detected in birds and mosquitoes in Suffolk County in 1999 and once more annually thereafter, is transmitted to people by the chew of an contaminated mosquito. No people or horses have examined constructive for West Nile virus in Suffolk this 12 months. A complete of two birds, one from Yaphank and one from East Northport, have examined constructive up to now this 12 months.
“The affirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds signifies the presence of West Nile virus within the space,” Tomarken stated. “Whereas there isn’t any trigger for alarm, we advise residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to scale back the publicity to the virus, which might be debilitating to people.”
In line with Tomarken, most individuals contaminated with West Nile virus will expertise delicate or no signs, however some can develop extreme signs together with excessive fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weak point, imaginative and prescient loss, numbness and paralysis. The signs might final a number of weeks, and neurological results could also be everlasting. People, particularly these 50 years of age or older, or these with compromised immune programs, who’re most in danger, are urged to take precautions to keep away from being bitten by mosquitoes.
To keep away from mosquito bites, residents are suggested to:
Useless birds could point out the presence of West Nile virus within the space. To report useless birds, name the Public Well being Data Line in Suffolk County at 631-787-2200 from 9 a.m. to four:30 p.m., Monday by means of Friday. Residents are inspired to take a photograph of any hen in query.
To report mosquito issues or stagnant swimming pools of water, name the Division of Public Works’ Vector Management Division at 631-852-4270.
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