Suffolk County Health Services announced Friday that 15 more mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile, but none are within the communities of Sayville, West Sayville, Bayport or Blue Point.
The samples, collected between July 10 and Jul 12, were from locations in Nesconset (3), Southampton (1), North Babylon (1), Lindenhurst (1), West Babylon (4), West Islip (1), Deer Park (1), Huntington Station (2), and Huntington (1).
Previously this year, the county reported positive samples found in Holbrook, South Huntington, Port Jefferson Station, East Setauket, Farmingville, Nesconset, Amagansett, Northport, Dix Hills, West Babylon and Bay Shore.
To date this year, 30 mosquito samples -- all Culex pipiens-restuans -- and six birds have tested positive for the virus.
There have been no human cases reported in the county this year.
West Nile virus, first detected in birds and mosquito samples in Suffolk County in 1999 and again each year thereafter through 2011, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.
County officials are asking residents to reduce the mosquito population around homes, by eliminating stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. The county offers an informative bulletin entitled “Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Illnesses,” which contains tips on personal protection and repellents. To download the brochure, visit this website.
Dead birds found on area properties may indicate the presence of West Nile virus in the area. To report dead birds, call the West Nile virus hotline in Suffolk County at 631-787-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.
For medical questions related to West Nile virus, call 631-853-3055.