A mosquito sample collected earlier this month in Farmingville tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
Five other mosquito samples (two in Nesconset and one each in Dix Hills, Amagansett, and Northport) across the county were also found to be infected with the virus, the county announced Friday.
Those samples were collected on July 2 and July 3. Two other samples in Bay Shore and
A dead crow found in Northport on June 27 was also infected, officials said.
West Nile virus, first detected in Suffolk County in 1999 and again each year thereafter, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. No humans tested positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk this year, however.
“The confirmation of West Nile virus in a mosquito pool indicates that the virus is actively circulating within the mosquito population,” said Suffolk County Health Services Commissioner Dr. James L. Tomarken said. “While there is no cause for alarm, we urge residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to contain the spread of the virus, which can be debilitating to humans.”
The county has again asked residents , found on their properties to be taken and tested for the virus.
In order to help stop the spread of both the virus and the pesky insects, the County has suggested residents do the following:
- Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.
- Remove all discarded tires on the property.
- Make sure roof gutters drain properly, and clean clogged gutters.
- Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
- Change the water in birdbaths.
- Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds, and keep shrubs and grass trimmed.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.
- Drain water from pool covers.
According to the SCDHS, "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 might last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent."
To report dead birds, call the West Nile virus hotline in Suffolk County at 631-787-2200, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.