West Nile virus
Between Superstorm Sandy and a very rainy June, it is shaping up to be an epic season for mosquitoes. But will that mean a lot more of the potentially deadly West Nile virus?
The Westchester County Health Department is giving away fathead minnows for residents to use in ornamental ponds, which could become breeding sites for mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus.
The state Department of Health said the storm has left behind wet debris piles and depressions from fallen trees. Mosquitoes will breed in standing water.
The town of Greenwich has lifted its ban on outdoor activities at dawn and dusk, the times during the hot weather when mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus are most apt to bite.
Greenwich has ordered all parks, playgrounds and golf courses close a half hour before dusk after more mosquitoes were found with the virus in Mianus River Park. Parks will not reopen until a half hour after dawn.
Twenty-two cases have now been reported in 15 counties. Essex and Ocean counties report the highest total, with 3 cases each.
Health officials announced Friday that a 77-year-old Willingboro man died in his home Sunday about two weeks after he developed a fever and other ailments.
Mosquito-eating fish work for people in exchange for food. Gambusia affinis — more commonly called mosquitofish — are bred at the Hackettstown Fish Hatchery.
The operation is in response to what federal researchers have called the worst outbreak of West Nile since 1999, with 13 cases in New York City, including five in Manhattan.
City officials said residents are not likely to experience medical problems from it, but want everyone to try and avoid exposure. They will be warned.
Parts of Manhattan will be sprayed on Friday to combat the spread of West Nile Virus. The city’s health commissioner said it’s expected that there will be a big jump in the number of people infected with West Nile coming in the next few weeks.
Health officials say there have been 13 human cases of West Nile virus infection in New York so far this year, including the deaths of two older people.
Nassau County health officials said a resident from the town of Oyster Bay, who was older than 80, has died. No other specific details about the victim’s death were announced.
Two of the patients who have been hospitalized for West Nile virus are from Suffolk County while the third is from Nassau County.
Blood sucking mosquitoes are on the prowl this summer with some carrying the potentially deadly West Nile Virus.
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