Rockland County officials have issued a warning about the West Nile virus.
"Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which are the primary carriers of West Nile virus, are most abundant in mid- to late summer, when the weather is hot", said Michael Adam, Senior Biologist for the Health Department.
Use insect repellants with DEET according to the manufacturer's directions.
Cover exposed skin with long trousers and long-sleeved shirts whenever possible.
Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.
Health officials recommend reducing mosquitoes around your home by removing any items that hold still water since that's where they lay their eggs.
"The best thing for people to do is really to eliminate any places around their home where mosquitoes could be breeding", he said. Less than 1 percent of people who are infected become more seriously sick with symptoms like high fever, disorientation, tremors, and even paralysis. The program also monitors reports of dead birds (an early sign of the presence of the virus) and investigates areas of stagnant water for the presence of mosquito larvae, specifically from the Culex mosquito, which is the primary carrier of West Nile in IL.
Mosquito pools that tested positive for WNV were collected from the Fairmont Park, Lafayette Shores, Norfolk Industrial Park and Edgewater areas. Just like in humans, the birds get infected through the bite of an infected mosquito and may pass it onto other mosquitoes that bite them. A pool is a group of up to 50 mosquitos of the same species; these are the first pools to test positive in the 2018 surveillance season. In some individuals, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. "This does not mean the average person is at increased risk of getting West Nile Virus".
Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Neil Schader says PA residents can take steps to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus.