Officials: Mosquito Positive For West Nile, First Suffolk Case This Year

Lego Spaceship - MosquitoSuffolk well being officers mentioned Thursday {that a} mosquito pattern has examined optimistic for West Nile virus, the primary affirmation of the illness within the county this yr.

“The affirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples signifies the presence of West Nile virus within the space,” mentioned Dr. Gregson Pigott, the county’s well being commissioner, in a information launch. “While there is no such thing as a trigger for undue concern, we advise residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to scale back publicity to West Nile virus and different mosquito-borne ailments.”

i smushed a mosquito against a screen and the blood inside it made pixel artThe pattern was recovered in Bay Shore on June 9. West Nile virus was first found within the county in birds and mosquitoes in 1999, officers mentioned. It is transmitted to people by the chew of an contaminated mosquito.

“Most individuals contaminated with West Nile virus will expertise delicate or no signs, however some can develop extreme signs together with excessive fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weak point, imaginative and prescient loss, numbness and paralysis,” officers mentioned within the launch. “The signs might final a number of weeks, and neurological results could also be everlasting.

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