West Nile virus
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.
At least 40 towns and cities in Connecticut already have mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
To combat the insect infiltration, Suffolk and Nassau Counties have been spraying mosquito repellant by air and by ground. But that is not without controversy.
Spraying will begin at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, weather permitting.
Long Island is on alert after reports that historically high numbers of mosquitoes are testing positive for the dangerous and deadly West Nile Virus.
Dr. Theodore Andreadis said the virus has been detected in mosquitoes trapped in 13 towns in lower Fairfield County.
Blydenburgh Park is being closed at night, which is when the bugs are most active, WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.
The virus was detected in mosquitoes in Gardiner County Park in Islip, health officials said. Last month, a dead crow found in Northport also tested positive for the virus.