West Nile Hits Home and Getting Worse

CDC says West Nile cases on the rise across the nation. What should be done to curtail its spread?

Both at home and across the nation Wednesday, the renewed concerns that an infect insect's bite can lead to severe illness or even death.

Nassau County confirmed a human case of West Nile, contracted by The woman was hospitalized by is recovering. It's the second confirmed Long Island case this summer.

Nassau County issued the warning and included steps homeowners can take to minimize their exposure.

Meanwhile, the announced an even more dire warning:

The CDC reported 693 cases of West Nile Virus disease have been reported in humans this year, including 26 deaths, nationwide. It is the highest number of cases reported to the CDC through the second week in August since 1999, when the virus was first detected in the United States.

One person on Long Island.

Both Nassau and Suffolk counties have tested for infected mosquitos and Is that enough, or should more be done?

What's your take on this issue? Should more be done, or is there nothing to stop this threat?

Do you think the danger is overblown, or are you taking it seriously?

Take our poll and weigh in on the comments.

katie baiata August 24, 2012 at 04:26 PM
yeah this is definitely an extraordinarily bad summer. i too cant enjoy being outside anytime of the day or night bc of being bit. i am really not for the spray but i changed my mind this year and think ide rather take my chances with the spray chemicals than with the biting. have they sprayed in glen cove? where do i find spray notices and schedules?
Joe Dowd August 24, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Katie: I'm not out much in the evening, but my neighbors say this year's mosquitoes are worse than the last few years. I will look into the Glen Cove question. The County usually sprays areas where they have found evidence of West Nile; I'll check for more details on Glen Cove. They do not spray every corner of the county at this point.
Joe Dowd August 24, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Susie: Deep Woods Off will keep them off of you. Years ago I used that during fishing trips upstate, and it worked. Joe: Yes, I agree, it's like the early 60s growing up here, but just this year, not last. There seem to be much less bees, however. Maybe I'm not noticing them.
Simba August 24, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Joe, if you read the labels on products like Off Backyard that are meant to be sprayed outside for mosquitos, they are highly toxic to bee's.
BD August 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I can deal with the dusk / dawn variety of mosquito, but these daytime-biting Asian Tiger mosquitoes are really a different beast altogether. Deet barely seems to deter them. They hang right by our front door and pounce as soon as you exit. You can easily identify them by their black and white stripes. They are highly aggressive. I've been going around my property removing any possible source of standing water (they can breed in a puddle the size of a quarter), but it makes no difference how vigilant you are if your neighbors leave water on top of pools covers, in clogged gutters, etc... Pray for a cold winter, as last season's weak winter is a definite contributor to this terrible plague.


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