The Westchester County Health Department found mosquitoes with the West Nile virus in four cities during routine sampling on Tuesday, August 25.
Heavy rains threaten on Wednesday evening, August 26th. Officials warn residents to use insect repellants with over 30 percent DEET to prevent mosquito bites and do everything possible to prevent stagnant water on them where mosquitos multiply properties.
These include removing or turning items that may contain water from backyards, checking children’s play equipment and toys for stagnant water, drilling holes in the bottom of recycling bins that are left outdoors, emptying bird baths twice a week, the Dispose of unused tires and keep gutters free of debris.
In the meantime, the health department will treat catch basins in the district to prevent mosquitoes from multiplying there.
“We can make our backyards less inviting breeding grounds for mosquitoes by pouring great water after the rain, and we can set less tempting goals by using repellants,” said George Latimer, executive of Westchester County, in a press release Wednesday , 26th of August.
These are the first mosquitoes to test positive for the virus from 166 batches of mosquitoes at 11 locations in Westchester County.
Infected mosquitoes have been found in Elmsford, Hastings, Mount Vernon and Rye.
Last year 10 out of 243 batches of mosquitoes tested for the virus were infected with West Nile.
“With so many of us spending more time outdoors, protect yourself and your family with repellants. Apply sunscreen first, then apply home repellants, “said Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler in the county’s press release.
New York City announced earlier this month that mosquitos with the West Nile virus had been detected in each of its five boroughs.
No cases of West Nile virus have been recorded in Westchester County so far this year. Symptoms are fever, headache, body pain, and joint pain; The virus can be particularly devastating to people over 60 or with underlying health conditions.
Residents who notice large areas of stagnant water on public land are encouraged to contact the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5000.
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