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West Nile Found In West Islip

Health commissioner suggests that residents remove stagnant water from around homes to eliminate mosquito breeding areas.

A mosquito sample in West Islip has tested positive for West Nile virus, the Suffolk County Health Services Department reported on Friday. The sample was collected between July 10 and July 12.

James L. Tomarken, Health Services commissioner, said residents may reduce mosquito populations around homes by eliminating stagnant water where mosquitoes breed.

The county offers a bulletin entitled “Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Illnesses,” which contains tips on personal protection and repellents.

To date this year, 30 mosquito samples — all Culex pipiens-restuans — and six birds have tested positive for the virus. There have been no human cases reported in the county this year.

West Nile virus, first detected in birds and mosquito samples in Suffolk County in 1999 and again each year thereafter through 2011, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

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.

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