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West Nile Virus Detected in Some Staten Island Mosquitoes

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: West Nile Virus Detected in Some Staten Island Mosquitoes
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
(347) 396-4177

West Nile Virus Detected in Some Staten Island Mosquitoes

Health Department reminds New Yorkers to take precautions against mosquito bites

July 10, 2012 – The Health Department has increased surveillance activity after detecting West Nile virus in some Staten Island mosquitoes for the first time this season. The infected mosquitoes were collected from the neighborhoods of New Dorp Beach and Bull’s Head on Staten Island. As a result, the Health Department is setting up additional traps and treating catch basins in the affected areas. No human cases have been detected this season.

“West Nile Virus has been detected on Staten Island, but simple precautions can help protect you and your family,” said Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner. “Wear mosquito repellent when you’re outdoors, and cover your arms and legs if you’re outside at dawn or dusk. People over 50 should be especially cautious, as they are more likely to develop serious illness if they contract the virus.”
Not everyone infected with West Nile virus will become ill. However, West Nile Virus rarely can cause neurological diseases such as encephalitis, a serious inflammation of the brain or spinal cord, and can also cause a milder flu-like illness with headache, fever and fatigue, weakness and sometimes rash. If you think you have symptoms of West Nile virus, see your doctor right away.

Reducing Exposure to Mosquitoes

Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.

Make sure windows have screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home, and repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

Eliminate any standing water from your property since it provides breeding sites for mosquitoes, and dispose of containers that can collect water.

Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty and covered when not in use, and drain water that collects in pool covers.

Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code. You can report standing water by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/health/wnv.

For more information about West Nile Virus, visit nyc.gov/health/wnv or call 311.

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