West Nile Virus and Mosquitoes Come to New York

According to Candice Ferrette on the Lower Hudson Valley “To Your Health” blog, the mosquito population has recently tested positive for the West Nile virus, a potentially lethal virus for certain at-risk groups, in Rye, New York.

With the arrival of the height of summer heat and the occasional torrential rainstorm, the standing pools of water created by a deluge can create a breeding for the biting mosquitoes who can carry the West Nile virus. In Arizona recently, the virus claimed its first victim of the year – a woman in her 80s.

Back in Rye, the first mosquitoes to test positive in Westchester County in upstate New York, Rye, were first reported on July 22.

So far, no human cases have been reported in the county, but according to “To Your Health,” area health department officials warn residents to remain vigilant regarding possible breeding grounds for the potentially, virus-infected mosquitoes and recommends that residents take the following precautions:

  • Generally, mosquitoes are active and feeding in the late afternoon and early evening. Try to stay indoors during this time.
  • Try using insect repellents with no more than 30% DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) if you are outdoors in mosquito areas in the late afternoon or evening. Products containing DEET are not recommended for young children under 2 months of age. Use insect repellents during the times where it is most likely that mosquitoes are out and biting. And make sure to read any and all directions on the bottles of insect repellant that are provided by the manufacturer.
  • Wearing the right type of clothes can help protect you from mosquitos if you need to be out and about. Try long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks if you’re out in mosquito bite areas.

August 9, 2008 – 3:09 pm

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