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UPDATE (Aug. 31): The New York State Department of Health has informed Suffolk County health officials that two additional mosquito samples taken from Manorville have tested positive for the virus known as “Triple E.” READ

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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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07/24/13 3:00pm
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Five locations across Southold Town will be treated for mosquito larvae Thursday, county officials announced.

Great Hog Neck, Pine Neck Creek, and Pipes Cove in Southold; Kerwin Boulevard in Greenport; and New Suffolk will all be sprayed with Vectobac 12 AS pesticide by helicopter from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.

Five locations in Riverhead Town and Flanders will also be sprayed:  Indian Island in Riverhead, Overlook, Crescent Duck Farm, and Aquebogue Farm in Aquebogue, Iron Point in Flanders and Millar Farm in Jamesport.

Residents on the North Fork are unlikely to be exposed to the pesticides, which “have no significant human toxicity,” a press release states. Health department officials said the places being sprayed are salt marshes not near residential areas.

The pesticide is registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and are applied in accordance with the required state and federal permits, county officials said.

Should weather conditions stop the operation, treatment will continue on the next suitable day. Residents don’t need to take precautions against the pesticide, as the helicopter will be flying at “a very low level” over marsh areas.

For more information, call the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at (631) 852-4270 or the Spraying Information Hotline (631) 852-4939.

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07/01/13 4:40pm
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TIM KELLY PHOTO | The county will be spraying for mosquitoes again Tuesday morning.

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works plans to spray portions of 10 North Fork salt marshes by helicopter Tuesday, in an attempt to control mosquito larvae there.

The spraying, which will also take place in Brookhaven and Southampton Towns, will begin at 5 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m.

The spraying will be a low-altitude, large drop liquid application of Altosid liquid concentrate (methoprene), county officials said.

The following is a list of locations where spraying will occur in Riverhead and Southold towns:

Town of Riverhead

Indian Island

Crescent Duck Farm

Aquebogue Farm

Millar Farm

Pier Avenue

Town of Southold

New Suffolk

Great Hog Neck

Kerwin Boulevard

Pipes Neck Creek

Pipes Cove

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mosquito spray north fork

To help detect and prevent the spread of the West Nile virus, an infection transmitted by mosquitos, the county Department of Health Services has issued healthcare tips and activated a public health hotline.

West Nile virus is spread to humans by mosquitoes that have fed on birds infected with the virus.

Residents who see dead birds, such as crows, blue jays and hawks that may have been infected are encouraged to report sightings to the Department of Health Services’ public health hotline at 631-787-2200 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The hotline will be active until Labor Day.

Birds meeting department criteria will be picked up between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to be tested for the virus. Humans cannot catch West Nile virus directly from birds, according to a county press release.

Residents are also advised to eliminate areas of stagnant water around their homes. To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, residents can call the Department of Public Works Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.

“Most people experience no symptoms from West Nile virus, however, some people will develop severe symptoms,” said Dr. James Tomarken, commissioner of Health Services.

Symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis, he said.

“The symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent,” Dr. Tomarken said.

To reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes, residents are advised to use mosquito repellent when outdoors and ensure windows and doors to homes have screens, keeping mosquitoes out.

For further information on mosquitos and mosquito-borne diseases, visit the Department of Health Services website and look under “Seasonal Trends.”

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