As of Aug. 23, a total of 11 confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in New York State, including one death in Onondaga County
Long Island, N.Y. (PRWEB) August 24, 2012
According to NewsLI.com, to date this year, 125 mosquito samples and thirteen birds have tested positive for West Nile in Suffolk County alone with one (1) human case being investigated regarding a possible carrier of West Nile virus by New York State officials. The individual recovered from their symptoms after being hospitalized for several days; further testing will be needed to confirm if they were indeed suffering from West Nile virus.
“LongIslandExchange.com would like to urge Long Island residents to be cautious of mosquitoes when spending time outside at dusk and dawn — when mosquitoes are most active. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks and apply insect repellant. To help keep mosquitoes from coming indoors, residents should install screens on all windows and doors” said John Colascione, Founder and Managing Partner of Long Island Exchange Inc.
Laura C. Harrington, an expert on mosquito-borne diseases and an associate professor of entomology at Cornell University, discusses the factors behind increased reports of West Nile Virus. She says: “As of Aug. 23, a total of 11 confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in New York State, including one death in Onondaga County. To date, more than 700 mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus across the state.
“Late August is typically a time when the number of human cases starts to escalate quickly. This annual trend is most likely due to gradual amplification of the virus over the course of the summer in bird populations, leading to increases in the number of infectious mosquitoes. As a consequence, we are likely only at the beginning of a significant upward trajectory in human cases.
“We are concerned that hotter than normal temperatures this summer may be responsible for accelerating viral replication in mosquitoes capable of transmitting the virus leading to an earlier and greater number of human cases and virus-positive mosquitoes. With no vaccine and no specific treatment for West Nile virus, the best prevention is to minimize exposure to mosquito bites through use of repellents, limit outdoor activity and eliminate mosquito breeding sites.”
- For general information or health questions concerning West Nile Virus activity in Nassau County call the Health Department Mosquito Surveillance at: (516) 572-1211 in Suffolk County call the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness at (631) 853-3055.
- To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water in Suffolk County call the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at (631) 852-4270 and in Nassau County call Department of Public Works’ Mosquito Control Unit at: (516) 571-6900.
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