NEW CITY – The first pool
of mosquitoes to test positive this year in Rockland County for West Nile
virus has been confirmed by the state health department.
The infected mosquitoes were collected in the Town of Orangetown during the week of July 10 as part of the county’s ongoing West Nile virus surveillance efforts. No human cases have been reported this season.
The virus can cause serious illness and in some cases death. Although a person’s chances of getting sick are small, those 50 and older are at highest risk for serious illness. The virus can cause serious complications, including neurological diseases, and can also cause a milder flu-like illness with headache, fever and fatigue, weakness and sometimes rash.
If you think you have symptoms of West Nile virus, see your doctor right away.
To prevent mosquitoes from breeding, get rid of any standing water.