Three more mosquitoes have tested positive in West Babylon for West Nile Virus, bringing our area's total number for 2012 up to 23 confirmed samples, according to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
Other local areas, including Copiague, Lindenhurst and Bay Shore, also were included in this week's release of 29 additional positive samples throughout Suffolk County. Bay Shore had two positive results back from samples taken on August 16th, while Copiague and Lindenhurst had one each.
Earlier this summer, of West Nile Virus was confirmed in the Town of Babylon. That person, whose name and village of residence was not released, has reportedly recovered from the virus.
To date, 175 mosquitoes and 21 birds have tested positive for the virus.
James L. Tomarken, Health Services commissioner, again stated that while the number of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile is historically high for this time of year, it’s difficult to say if the trend will continue.
“There are many factors, such as weather, that affect mosquito population and activity,” he said. “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.”
He suggested in order to help reduce the mosquito population around homes, residents should work to eliminate stagnant water where mosquitoes breed.
The county has continued to spray multiple times along and marshlands and has in August.
The county offers an informative bulletin entitled “Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Illnesses,” which contains tips on personal protection and repellents.
County health officials also note that dead birds found on area properties may indicate the presence of West Nile virus in the area. 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.
For medical questions related to West Nile virus, call 631-853-3055.