West Nile Virus found in Suffolk County mosquito sample

West Nile Virus found in Suffolk County mosquito sample

File - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District biologist Nadja Reissen examines a mosquito in Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Health has confirmed this year's first human death from West Nile virus. Authorities said Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, that a central Utah resident at least 65 years old died from the disease carried by mosquitoes sometime between Sept. 21 and 28. Utah health officials have confirmed 19 human cases West Nile virus this year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The West Nile Virus was found in a Suffolk County mosquito sample.  Suffolk County Department of Health announced Thursday, that a sample collected in Bay Shore on July 9, 2020 tested positive for the virus.  Officials say this is the first mosquito sample to test positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk County this year.

Most people infected with West Nile virus will experience mild or no symptoms, but some can develop severe symptoms including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.

For further information on West Nile virus, visit the Department of Health Services’ website.






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