Mosquito Samples in Smithtown Test Positive For West Nile Virus

The number of mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Dana Point has increased to four, officials said.

"Horses become infected with the virus the same way humans become infected, by being bitten by infected mosquitoes", State Veterinarian Brad LeaMaster said in a statement.

The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory known as WADDL [pronounced, "waddle"], has confirmed 10 cases of West Nile Fever in horses since August 9.

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The Asian Tiger "has been known to carry the virus, but not as competently as the Aedes Aegypti and not at all in NY", said Grace Kelly-McGovern, Suffolk health department spokeswoman.

Last year, OR recorded six cases of West Nile Virus in horses.

"We recommend that residents take three actions if they encounter these daytime biters", said Dr. Tomarken. "This is why it is so important to dump the water on a regular weekly basis and scrub any eggs on the inside of the container!"

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Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.

Adding fish to circulate water in any backyard ponds, and clearing pond edges of debris and vegetation.

Drain water from pool covers and scrub the covers. Veterinarians in WADDL are urging horse owners to contact their veterinarians and seek their advice on vaccination and how to eliminate mosquitoes where they keep horses.

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That brings the total to 110 samples, all Culex pipiens-restuans mosquitoes, as well as 14 birds that have tested positive for West Nile.


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