Mosquitoes with the potentially deadly West Nile Virus have been detected throughout New York City, the Health Department introduced.
Mosquitoes collected in Staten Island Queens and Brooklyn examined positive for the illness and can set off larvicide drops and enhanced surveillance within the areas where they had been found, the Health Department stated in a warning issued on Wednesday.
“We would like New Yorkers to enjoy the open air this summertime,” mentioned Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot, “However we additionally need individuals to guard themselves against mosquito bites by wearing insect repellent and protecting their legs and arms.”
There have been 61 positive mosquito pools discovered in the Queens neighborhood Cambria Heights, one undisclosed Brooklyn neighborhood and Staten Island neighborhoods Bay Terrace, Eltingville, Great Kills, Old Town, Richmond Town, and Rossville, based on Health Department information.
There have been no human cases reported in New York City this year, however, as of July 9, one was reported in New Jersey and 39 across the U.S.
West Nile Virus is probably deadly and has claimed the lives of 38 New Yorkers because it was first detected within the city in 1999, the Health Department mentioned.
Folks older than 50 or with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to the virus and more likely to suffer brain and spinal cord infections if infected.
Health officers suggest New Yorkers use insect repellent, keep screens on their windows, get rid of standing water close to their houses, and frequently clean out gutters, pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs.