ORANGETOWN, N.Y. -- The New York State Department of Health has confirmed that for the first time thus year mosquitoes collected in Rockland County tested positive for West Nile Virus.
"This is the time of the year we expect to see a rise in West Nile Virus activity and the positive results confirm that," said County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert. "Health Department mosquito control teams will continue to treat all known mosquito breeding sites, including those near these positive mosquito pools. Larval control activities will continue throughout the summer."
The infected mosquitoes were collected in Orangetown during the week of July 10 as part of Rockland County's ongoing surveillance efforts.
No human case has been reported this season.
Even a small amount of standing water can serve as a breeding site for mosquitoes, which lay eggs in these sites. Their eggs hatch within a few days.
Bites from infected mosquitoes can spread West Nile Virus, which can cause serious illness and death. Individuals over the age of 50 are at the highest risk for serious illness.
West Nile can cause neurological diseases and milder flu-like illness with symptoms including headache, fever, weakness, fatigue and occasionally rash.
Anyone that has symptoms of West Nile Virus is advised to see their doctor right away.
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