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First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Westchester

A Yonkers resident is recovering from the illness.

An 80-year-old Yonkers resident has been diagnosed with the first human case of West Nile Virus in Westchester County this year.

The victim, whose name the county did not release, was hospitalized but has been discharged and is recovering.

The county will be doing an environmental assessment around the man’s home for signs of mosquito breeding activity.

West Nile can cause illness similar to the flu and is especially dangerous to people over 50. 

The county advises residents to eliminate any opportunity for mosquitoes to breed near their home, including getting rid of any water-holding containers, covering outdoor trash cans so rain does not accumulate in them, removing standing water from roofs and cleaning roof gutters, among other things. 

The first mosquitoes in Westchester

For more information and helpful tips, call the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5000 or visit www.westchestergov.com/health.

HEALtheHARBOR.com September 05, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Watch the below linked short documentary about how Westchester County and the City of Rye is allowing mosquito breeding. https://vimeo.com/47034186 Hen Island in Rye is home to Westchester County’s worst mosquito infestation on record. Every home on Hen Island illegally stores hundreds and sometimes thousands of gallons of water for domestic use. In addition, for years the high reed areas of the Island have been used as a dump site for debris that has washed ashore over the winter and during the summer. Trees that have been cut and pruned have been stored throughout the Island. Each one of these actions encourages the breeding of millions of mosquitoes. All of the above has been officially documented in a Westchester County investigation from 2007 and/or a City of Rye violation notice issued to Kuder Island on April 8th 2009. The City of Rye specifically addressed the mosquito infestation and put the Island on notice about their concerns as did a recent County report. To this date no actions have been taken to address any of the health and safety issues. 1.) In an area where West Nile occurs, the longer you're exposed to biting mosquitoes and the higher the concentration or number of mosquitoes at the location, the higher your chances are of acquiring the virus.smilies/shocked.gif

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