Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C–Holbrook) was recently alerted by Suffolk County pertaining to the increased threat of West Nile Virus, as an additional 29 mosquito samples have tested positive for the disease in Suffolk County. To date, 175 mosquito samples, 21 birds and one human have been confirmed to be carrying the virus locally. Graf is promoting prevention methods and precautions being offered by Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCHS) in an effort to prevent further cases.
“It is important to get this information out to the community, as West Nile Virus poses a threat to the health of our families in Suffolk County and we must take every precaution to stop this disease from spreading any further,” said Graf. “With so many cases springing up in towns throughout the county, it will require a concentrated, cooperative effort to stop the virus. I encourage all members of the community to take advantage of the tips and information being provided by SCHS so that none of our friends, neighbors or family members fall victim to this debilitating illness.”
SCHS Commissioner Dr. James L. Tomarken asks residents to reduce mosquito populations around homes by eliminating stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. The county offers an informative bulletin entitled “Mosquitoes and Mosquito-born Illnesses,” which contains tips on personal protection and repellents. To download the brochure, visit http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Portals/0/Documents%20and%20Forms/Health%20Services/Seasonal/Mosquito%20Brochure.pdf.