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West Nile Virus Found in Blydenburgh County Park

Suffolk County Department of Health Services reported between July 17 and July 20, a mosquito sample taken from Blydenburgh County Park tested positive for West Nile virus.

 

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services announced Friday that 22 mosquito samples with West Nile virus have been detected throughout the county, including one in Blydenburgh County Park. 

Blydenburgh County Park has been closed overnight from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m after a mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile virus on July 23. 

With Friday's announcement, SCDHS has confirmed 77 mosquito samples and eight birds have tested positive for West Nile Virus this year. 

“Though the number of mosquitoes testing positive is historically high for this time of year, we cannot predict if the numbers will continue to be high,” said Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County Health Services Commissioner, in a statement. “There are many factors, such as weather, that affect mosquito population and activity. “Given that the numbers are high and we are finding samples in virtually all parts of the county, we ask that residents be especially vigilant about reducing their exposure to mosquitoes whenever they can.” 

Samples were also found in Northport, South Huntington, Huntington, Holbrook, Bay Shore, Gardiner Park in Islip, Brentwood, Blydenburgh Park in Smithtown, Southampton, Holtsville, Yaphank, Deer Park, Dix Hills, Southold, and Mastic Beach. All samples were collected between July 17 and July 20. 

West Nile, which has become a repeat problem on Long Island in the Summer, is particularly dangerous to humans for the neurological effects it could present.

New York State is investigating one possible human case probable for West Nile virus pending further testing, according to the SCDHS. That person was hospitalized for several days and has fully recovered. 

According to the SCDHS, 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.

The symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. Individuals, particularly those 50 years of age or older, or those with compromised immune systems, are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Those with medical questions about West Nile Virus can call 631-853-3055.

The SCDHS suggests the following measures to eliminate stagnant water:

  • 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.

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 631-852-4270. 

GLENN July 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Here we go let's spray cancer causing chemicals on everyone..... I know west nile can kill, if you have bad immune system got it....so does the American diet, smoking, drinking, all the prescription drugs most people take. I don't want to have my house,family or vegetable garden bathed in cancer!
Argile July 28, 2012 at 09:45 PM
If you got another way of fighting off the virus by all means clue us in.
John Gruber August 22, 2012 at 01:20 AM
i hope you like west nile better than http://news.yahoo.com/west-nile-related-deaths-confirmed-texas-california-220523524--abc-news-topstories.html
GLENN August 22, 2012 at 02:34 AM
They have been spraying in Mastic Beach area for 20 years, the only thing they are killing is people's health. Jon Rapport did much research on this topic. Did you know there is NO blood test to detect west nile, and 94 different virus mimic W/N. So it could be any virus. Stop being so sold on everything thing the government tells you, do some research for yourself. Mosquitoes do not travel far so if you have a large problem in your area, check gutters, bird baths, bottom of flower pots. Spraying everyone and everything with chemicals (cancer causing chemicals) is NOT the answer. Wake up don't wait for the solution do it yourself. John anything ABC puts out is lies....just lies...wake up get your news from reliable sources, stop being a sheep!

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