An additional sample of West Nile virus has been found in Holtsville and five other locations in Suffolk County, the Department of Health Services said on Friday.
The seven mosquito samples with the most recent findings were collected between August 21 and 22 in Holtsville, Dix Hills, Northport, South Huntington, Aquebogue and West Babylon. To date across the County, 199 mosquito samples and 37 birds have tested positive for West Nile.
As previously reported, two human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in Suffolk this year. Both were hospitalized and have recovered and been released from the hospital.
James L Tomarken, commissioner with the Department of Health Services, said residents can reduce the mosquito population around homes by eliminating stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. The county offers an informative bulletin entitled “Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Illnesses,” which contains tips on personal protection and repellents.
As of last Friday, August 31, the Department of Health Services is no longer collecting and testing dead birds for West Nile virus. For medical questions related to West Nile virus, call 631-854-0333 during normal business hours.
To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.