Park To Close At 7 p.m. Through Rest Of Summer

EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — If you’re planning to go to Heckscher State Park on Long Island, you are advised to put on your bug spray.

CBS 2 was told mosquitoes tested positive this week for the West Nile virus at Heckscher, located along the Great South Bay at East Islip, as well as an adjacent state park.

Acting out of an abundance of caution, officials have decided to close the park at 7 p.m. for the remainder of the summer.

The illness has claimed 22 lives on Long Island in the last 14 summers.

Although most people may experience mild or no symptoms, Suffolk County Board of Health Commissioner Dr. Tomarken said last month that some can develop severe symptoms, including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

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