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Oyster Bay Town Resident Dies from West Nile

First death attributed to mosquito-borne virus this year in Nassau; victim was over 80.

A Town of Oyster Bay resident's death has been attributed to the West Nile Virus, the first death tied to the virus this year in Nassau County, health officials said Friday.

This is the of West Nile Virus in reported in the last two days in Nassau County, and the first death this year. This week's other case involved a woman over 70. She was hospitalized but is recovering.

One Oyster Bay town resident died from the disease last year, officials said. The identity of the victim and the specific location in the Town of Oyster Bay, which stretches from Long Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean in Eastern Nassau County, was not revealed.

The Nassau County Department of Health said 68 mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus, and the will continue ground treatment in locally affected areas to help stem the tide of infection.

Health officials will continue mosquito surveillance at 42 trap sites located throughout Nassau County. In a press release, the county said its efforts "will be intensified in those communities where positive humans and mosquito pools have been identified."

The Health Department said West Nile virus is present throughout New York State and beyond, and the in cases this summer. Residents are urged to continue to take these precautions for safety and protection:

  • Focus on personal protective efforts one can do to protect from West Nile virus exposure if outdoors when mosquitoes are active, especially in the late afternoon and evening hours.
  • Consider wearing long sleeves, pants and socks.
  • Use mosquito repellent (according to directions).
  • Remove or empty standing water from children’s outdoor toys, flower pots, garbage cans, pails, old tires, or any object that can hold water.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly; clean gutters in 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.
  • Decorative ponds and water features should be circulated or chlorinated if they do not contain fish to prevent mosquito breeding.

For further information, visit the Nassau County Department of Health website at
http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/index.html

Carol sintef August 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM
What measures are going to be done so we don't have more cases and people dying?
ed August 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Spraying causes cancer...stop hyping this nonsense..
Ken F August 25, 2012 at 03:57 AM
To Ed - and apparently NOT spraying may kill you even quicker!
ed August 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Ken its amazing we have survived as humans for millions of years without spraying chemicals. Do you know spraying does little or nothing to quell the mosquito population because once it rains again guess what? They are back.
rena damon August 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Scary. Most be shocking to the womans' family...
S August 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM
We live in Farmingdale, NY which borders both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Over the last few weeks, these asian tiger mosquitos have made our lives a living hell! Message to ED: Do you have any idea of how it feels to be bitten by these aggressive little monsters who bite ALL DAY LONG? These mosquitos have literally grown into the millions over the last couple of years that they have migrated to Long Island? I used to enjoy growing my garden of flowers and vegetables, but since these mosquitos have infested our area, I can no longer tend to same without developing lumps, bumps, welts, inflammation, stinging, from the bites. I literally wear socks, shoes, sweat pants, long coat with hood drawn and tied over my head when I go outside now since I was being bitten at least 30-40 times a day, yes, you read correctly! The other day I was bitten on one of my pinkie joints and the joints of my hands were stiff and hurt me all day so much that I had so soak them in warm water and epsom salt. Our little puppy likes to run and play in the backyard, but everytime she comes in, she is biting her legs and tail. You can visually see anywhere from 10-20 or more lumps, bumps from the bites she received outdoors. I telephoned the Suffolk Dept.of Health. They said they would send an investigator out, but that they didn't do anything really. My daughter is pregnant and I worry when she comes to visit. We need to do something. Officials listening??? enjoy our beautiful patio or porch
joanne riedman August 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM
It really is sad that we are stuck in our homes looking out when we should be able to be enjoying a cup of coffee and reading the morning paper in the beautiful sun.

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