West Nile Case Confirmed in Nassau

Nassau health officials urge residents county-wide to take precautions in and around their homes.

Nassau County Health Officials are warning residents to take precautions after confirming the first human case of in Nassau County this year.

The Health Department has of West Nile virus in a Nassau County resident, a woman over age 70 who lives in the Town of Oyster Bay.

The unidentified woman became ill with symptoms consistent with West Nile virus on July 27, was hospitalized, and is now recovering, county Health Officials said.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus capable of making people sick and

Human West Nile Virus cases are on the rise nationally, as well. The Center for Disease Control has issues an alert, saying 693 cases of West Nile Virus disease have been reported in people this year, including 26 deaths, nationwide.

Authorities say this 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 died from the disease last year on Long Island.

To see more about the disease from the national perspective, click here to the CDC's website.

To date, 58 mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus in Nassau County during 2012. Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works will continue their mosquito control efforts by inspecting breeding sites, officials said. When indicated, experts will conduct localized ground treatment to control mosquitoes that may be carrying West Nile virus.

Mosquito surveillance will continue at 42 trap sites located throughout Nassau County. 

The County Health Department of is offering the following tips to help eliminate mosquito breeding and prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus:  

  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly.
  • 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.

For mosquito, stagnant water, or drainage problems, call the Nassau County Department of Public Works at: (516) 571-6900.  Additional West Nile virus information may be found on the Nassau County Department of Health website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/index.html.

Frank August 22, 2012 at 07:54 PM
West Nile is scary for us old timers. So far in the Keys, they've sprayed 6 times in 3 months. In Dallas, TX I hear it's nearly an epidemic situation. My son says the mosquitoes this year in RVC aren't as bad as last summer, but still much worse than past years... Besides spraying pyrethrin, municipalities should encourage better restocking of ponds and lakes with fish, and increase bat and dragonfly populations (they eat mosquitoes like crazy). By my home there are tons of dragonflies and have yet to be bit this season. The constant ocean breeze is a plus as well. if it gets bad enough, maybe they'll bring back the DDT trucks (can you imagine we ran behind those things, spewing clouds of that stuff, as kids!).
Jennifer Wassenbergh August 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM
I like your suggestion of increasing fish and bat populations, I am all for that!
Kathy B. August 23, 2012 at 03:47 PM
There are far more cases than this on Long Island. I was home in RVC in July, was bitten, and four days later at home in NC, was sicker than I've been in years. I actually was bitten while in the parking lot of Halandia Court, where my mother lives. Not a great place to have disease-carrying mosquitos. Far more dangerous for the elderly. I had all the symptoms, fever, body aches, etc., as they seemed to improve somewhat, I developed a stiff neck the likes of which I have never experienced. I could not bend my head down, nor turn it side to side. No one in my family caught anything from me, including my granddaughter whom I shared drinks through a straw and food with for 10 hours on the ride home. Friends who were also home on L.I. visiting family said the hotel they were staying in had quite a number of people staying there who were sick with West Nile. It is everywhere this year and Long Island is no exception, hence the spraying. Most healthy people don't got to the doctor for flu-like symptoms, and therefore most cases, which are ususally mild in younger healthy individuals, are not being reported.


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