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West Nile Virus Discovered in West Hempstead

Mosquito surveillance will continue throughout the county, and will be intensified in the West Hempstead area

West Nile Virus is back in Nassau County and has made its first appearance in West Hempstead, according to officials.

The Nassau County Department of Health announced Monday that it has identified the county’s first isolation of West Nile virus (WNV) from a mosquito. 

The virus was identified in a sample of Culex pipiens-restuans mosquitoes, collected on July 8 in West Hempstead and test results were confirmed Monday by the New York State Department of Health. 

To date, no humans have tested positive for West Nile virus in Nassau County. The Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works will continue their mosquito control efforts by inspecting breeding sites and, when necessary, applying larvicide.

Mosquito surveillance will continue at 42 trap sites located throughout the county, and will be intensified in the West Hempstead area. Nassau County has no plans to spray for adult mosquitoes at this time. 

Because West Nile virus is present throughout New York State and beyond, and the primary carrier of WNV in Nassau County is Culex pipiens-restuans, or “the house mosquito” which does not fly more than 200 feet from its breeding site, residents are urged to continue to take these precautions for safety and protection:

  • Remove or empty standing water from children’s outdoor toys, flower pots, garbage cans,    pails, or any object that can hold water.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly; clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
  • Keep swimming pools chlorinated and their covers free of stagnant water.
  • Change the water in birdbaths every two or three days.
  • Install window and door screens and keep them in good repair.
  • Consider wearing long sleeves, pants, socks and mosquito repellent (according to directions) if outdoors when mosquitoes are active, especially in the late afternoon and evening hours.
  • Decorative ponds and water features should be circulated or chlorinated if they do not contain fish to prevent mosquito breeding.

To report mosquito, stagnant water, or drainage problems, call the Nassau County Department of Public Works at: (516) 571-6900. For additional information on West Nile virus activity, contact Nassau County Department of Health at: (516) 572-1211, weekdays from 7:45 am to 3:30 pm.  Additional West Nile virus information may be found on the Nassau County Department of Health website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/westnile.html

Anthony July 19, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Have you ever been to Hempstead State Lake Park? I was there twice over the past 2 weeks for softball games and got a ton of mosquito bites. I am not putting down your "bat box" theory, but to say Hempstead Lake doesnt have a mosquito problem is assinine.
Jennifer Cardone July 20, 2011 at 01:45 AM
I can not comment on Hempstead Lake State Park. However, I do agree with the bat boxes. I have been considering putting one on my property. A few years back I remember watching the bats at dusk and just thinking my daughter thought it was cool, not realizing what an amazing job they were doing on eating all the mosquitos. Unfortunately the trees the bats were living in were cut down due to them being too hazardous. Now, it's just not even worth going outside in the evening. I hate having to slather chemicals all over my girls just to let them play outside or have a BBQ with friends. If you do go ahead with purchasing your own bat house just make sure you are well informed about how to handle bats. You don't want to solve one problem, but cause another.
Martin Carmody July 20, 2011 at 12:33 PM
The use of bat boxes is a great idea. If anyone is interested in finding out more about bats and about bat boxes check out: http://batconservation.org/ There are alot of other web sites to review for information too.
Frank July 25, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Bat boxes are a great idea. Besides Hempstead Lake State Park, bat boxes should be located along Mill River especially at Lister Park, Bligh field, South Pond, Smith Pond, Schodack Pond, and Tanglewood preserve. Mosquitos breed in slow-moving and stagnant pools of water.
Gold Rush July 30, 2012 at 06:59 AM
I spray clorox blend 2pts clorox to 8 parts H20 and spray into the standing H20 to get em when they try to reproduce.

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