NewCityPatch is reporting that Rockland County has distributed a press release warning residents that West Nile Virus has been discovered in mosquitoes in their county. The New York Department of Health made this discovery and relayed the information to Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County Commissioner of Health. This is the first reported instance of mosquitoes carrying the virus in New York State this year.
West Nile Virus in Rockland County
The press release noted that West Nile Virus can be dangerous and warned residents of Rockland County to take steps to avoid being exposed to infected mosquitoes. Disease or even death is possible should one be bitten by a mosquito containing West Nile Virus, although the greatest risk is to small children and the elderly.
What Can You Do?
- Avoid allowing water to pool in even small quantities. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in locations like these.
- Decrease exposure to mosquitoes by wearing clothes that cover exposed skin and avoiding going outside during periods of the day when mosquitoes are more likely to be active.
- If you believe you may have contracted West Nile Virus from a mosquito bite seek medical attention immediately.
- Contact JP McHale Pest Management to learn more about our mosquito control programs for your home or business.