West Nile virus mosquitoes found in Westchester County

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WHITE PLAINS – The first two batches of mosquitoes carrying West Nike virus in Westchester County have been detected in Mount Vernon.

The area surrounding the positive mosquito batches were inspected on Friday by the health department and nearby catch basins that held standing water were treated to protect against further breeding nearby.

To date, those are the first two positives of 105 batches of mosquitoes collected from 11 locations throughout the county that were tested for West Nile by the state health department.

Last year, five Westchester batches of mosquitoes had West Nile virus out of 190 submitted for testing, with the first virus detected in mosquitoes collected on July 23.

“With so many of us spending more time outdoors, protect yourself and your family by using repellents. Apply sunscreen first, and then repellent second.