Has West Nile Got You Worried?

Mosquitoes testing positive for the potentially deadly virus are being found across the region.

West Nile is , and on Thursday county officials announced that 46 additional mosquito samples in Suffolk County tested positive for the virus. Affected mosquitos have been found as far east as Mattituck on the North Fork.

In South Shore communities, and in the Huntington area, spraying is underway to control the mosquito population, and there is no word yet on whether the county plans to spray on the North Shore of Suffolk.

According to the county, most people infected with West Nile virus will experience mild or no symptoms, but some can develop symptoms such as high fever, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

So, with so many mosquitos testing positive, we're wondering what steps locals are taking to protect themselves and their families.

Let us know in the comments.

Paul August 03, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I live in Nesconset, the mosquitoes are everywhere ,and a nuisance at night in this area .We've also noted a dead bird in the front yard and what appeared to be a sickly one in the back. What are the appropriate Suffolk authorities doing about spraying to control in this area?
swataz August 03, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I live in the Smithtown portion of Hauppauge and mosquitoes are out in daylight, and like Paul says, they are everywhere, and biting the hell out of my wife and me, and anyone who wants to spend time in my yard. God forbid you want to hang outside after dark! Spray us already!
Lee August 03, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I also live in Smithtown & there are tons of mosquitoes out day & night!! I literally walked out my door yesterday afternoon to get the mail and I had gotten 4 bites. My son had about 10 bites after coming in from talking to his friend outside for 10 minutes. It's ridiculous how many there are, it's summer and we should be enjoying the outdoors, but we can't...unless you want to get eaten alive!! PLEASE SPRAY - Smithtown/Hauppauge area!!
ShawnNuzzo August 03, 2012 at 06:01 PM
"most people infected with West Nile virus will experience mild or no symptoms"... So what exactly should I be worried about? This sort of panic leads to the spraying poisons which contaminate the water, soil, flora and fauna. Now THAT'S something to be worried about!
Lina Belina August 04, 2012 at 05:31 PM
So when you get bitten up Shawn enjoy your bites on your body...
mark August 05, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Shawn probably doesn't vaccinate his kids too. Thats why there is rise in viruses in the schools. What you dont trust the govt too. Bla bla.
John Gruber August 05, 2012 at 08:10 PM
people who don't vaccinate their kids are putting others at risk and they're to ignorant to realize it. It is their right not to but they have to consider the well-being of those around you
Argile August 06, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Just to clue the clueless, adult the adult vaccination percentage is insanely far worse than the child vaccination percentage. The percentage is only in the 20% range: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/stats-surv/default.htm Now when you're done throwing the children under the bus maybe it's about time you get your wussy ass off to the doctors to get vaccinated. I can't stand these panzies that complain about children not being vaccinated when they aren't even vaccinated themselves. Maybe you think you're special and don't spread disease?
John Gruber August 06, 2012 at 02:40 AM
it's also a fact that kids are in schools with a high volume of people making transmitting very likely and the fact that their immune systems in the younger ones are not as strong as others. Most if not everyone should be vaccinated
kyle August 06, 2012 at 07:10 PM
autism,pets getting cancer, breast cancer,nuerological diseases ....keep spraying Long island ..and the stats will only get better
swataz August 07, 2012 at 03:30 PM
[start sarcasm] Yes, don't take any measures at all. It's much better to allow some child with an underderveloped immune system an or elderly adult with a compromised immune system to fall victim to West Nile viral infection. [/end sarcasm}


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