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    Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virus for 1st time this season

    The Suffolk health commissioner announced the first mosquito sample from the county to test positive for West Nile virus this season.

    The sample was collected on June 27 from West Babylon, according to Dr. Gregson Pigott.

    The report comes as Suffolk County prepares for its first mosquito spraying of the season.

    Crews will be spraying the pesticide “Anvil” in Fire Island communities throughout the week between 5:30 and 10 p.m.

    All streets and boardwalks in Point O’Woods will be sprayed Tuesday. On Wednesday, Seaview and Ocean Bay Park will be spread and on Thursday, Davis Park, Fire Island Pines and Water Island will be sprayed.

    Nine Suffolk County residents have died from West Nile virus since 2000 – though most people infected experience mild or no symptoms.

    Some tips to avoid being bitten by mosquitos include minimizing outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using insect repellent, and wearing shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when mosquitos are active.



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