Monday, August 1, 2011

West Nile Infected Mosquitoes Found in Ramapo

By Laura Incalcaterra, The Journal News

NEW CITY — The first positive cases of mosquitoes infected with the potentially fatal West Nile Virus have been found in Rockland, county health Commissioner Dr. Joan Facelle said today.

In a statement, Facelle said four pools, or groups, of adult mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile. One group was in Ramapo, one in Haverstraw and two in Clarkstown. They were collected during the week of July 18.

The positive results come just as County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef is proposing to eliminate the mosquito control program as a way to trim expenses as the county works to reduce its $51 million deficit. One option may be for towns to take on the treatment.

There have been no human cases of the virus in Rockland, Facelle said.

"Though generally thought of as merely a nuisance, a bite from an infected mosquito can spread West Nile Virus, an infection that can cause serious illness, and in some cases, death," Facelle stated. "Although a person's chances of getting sick are small, those 50 and older are at highest risk for serious illness."

Brian Hunderfund, the county's director of mosquito control, said this was the time of year when a rise in West Nile Virus activity was expected.

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