A human case of West Nile Virus was confirmed within the Town of Islip, officials announced Monday.
The individual who contracted the virus is described as over the age of 55, according to Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services Dr. James L. Tomarken.
The person was hospitalized in August with symptoms consistent with the virus and is currently undergoing rehabilitation.
Due to privacy laws, the SCDHS isn't able to provide more specifics about the individual or exactly where they live in Islip Town.
This marks the third human case of West Nile in Suffolk County this year. Two cases additional within the Town of Babylon and Town of Huntington were confirmed. Both individuals in those cases have since recovered.
The SCDHS is awaiting the results from the New York State Department of Health on four additional cases that are currently being considered as probable cases of West Nile virus.
Prevention and Information
To lower the likelihood of contracting the virus and reduce the mosquito population around homes, officials urge residents to eliminate stagnant water where mosquitoes breed.
In addition, Suffolk County offers an informative bulletin entitled Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Illnesses, which contains tips on personal protection and repellents. Click here to download the brochure.
Dead birds found on area properties might also 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.