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Sep 21, 2017 3:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton Mosquito Sample Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

The Culex quinquefaciatus female mosquito is a known vector for West Nile Virus. COURTESY CDC
Sep 26, 2017 12:28 PM

A mosquito sample collected earlier this month in Bridgehampton tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to the Suffolk County Health Department.

The department tested 116 samples across Suffolk County on September 12; three samples, including one in Bridgehampton, tested positive for the virus, according to a press release issued by the health department. The other positive samples were from West Babylon and Huntington Station.

First detected in birds and mosquito samples in Suffolk County in 1999, the West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Some symptoms of the virus could include fever, headache, vomiting, muscle aches, joint pain and fatigue, according to the health department.

There is no known treatment for the virus, though some types of supportive therapy are available for those suffering with the disease.

Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken said in a written statement that there were 116 reported cases of the West Nile virus in the county this year.

“The confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area,” Dr. Tomarken said. “While there is no cause for alarm, we advise residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to reduce the exposure to the virus, which can be debilitating to humans.”

To prevent exposure to the virus, Dr. Tomarken suggests wearing shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when mosquitoes are active; using mosquito repellent; making sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good repair; and to once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water.

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