Suffolk County: West Nile virus found in Mattituck

TIM KELLY PHOTO | West Nile Virus was found in two samples of Culex pipiens-restuans.

Suffolk County health officials announced Friday that 29 more mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus, including one in Mattituck.

Positive samples, collected on July 30 and July 31, also came from mosquito traps in Yaphank, Mastic Beach and other points in western Suffolk County.

Health officials do not disclose exactly where the traps are located.

To date this year, 69 mosquito samples and four birds have tested positive for West Nile. No humans or horses have tested positive this year, officials said.

The health department stops testing mosquito samples and dead birds for West Nile on Aug. 31.

“The New York State Parks Department has been notified and has been advised to restrict activities to daytime hours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.,” a health department release reads.

Residents can reduce the mosquito population around their homes by eliminating stagnant water where mosquitoes breed, officials said
For medical questions related to West Nile virus, call (631) 854-0333 during normal business hours.

To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call vector control at (631) 852-4270.

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