SUFFOLK--Mosquitoes have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus, according to the Suffolk Department of Public Works Mosquito Control Division.
Mosquitoes collected in the following neighborhoods have tested positive for EEE: Lake Kennedy, Suburban Woods, Regency Estates, Wonderland Forest, Rivercliff, Arbor Meadows, Dayle Acres, Pughsville, Bennett’s Harbor, Kilby Shores, Kempton Park, Pitchkettle Point, Princeview Point, and Olde Mill Creek as well as neighborhoods around Lamb Avenue, Hosier Road, Clay Hill Road, Leesville, and Whaleyville.
Mosquitoes collected in the Lake Kennedy neighborhood have tested positive for WNV.
People infected with WNV can show no symptoms, mild symptoms, or severe symptoms.
EEE is a very rare human disease that affects five to ten humans each year in the United States. EEE infection begins with mild flu-like symptoms, progresses into disorientation, seizures, coma, an inflammation of the brain and, in the most severe cases, individuals may die.
No human cases of EEE have ever been reported in Suffolk.
Horses are commonly found with EEE in Suffolk. The Suffolk Mosquito Control Division urges horse owners to vaccinate their horses for EEE and any other insect transmitted diseases that could affect their animals.
You can greatly decrease your chances of contracting WNV and EEE by protecting yourself from excessive mosquito bites while outdoors by following these recommendations:
• Remain indoors during times of greatest mosquito activity, one hour before dusk to one hour before dawn
• Wear loose, long, and light-colored clothing when outdoors
• Use insect repellants containing DEET according to the label instructions.
You can contribute by eliminating mosquito-breeding areas around your home and neighborhood by following these steps:
• Empty water-holding containers: buckets, drums, bottles, tin cans, wheel barrows, potted plant trays, etc.
• Properly dispose of used tires.
• Clear roof gutters, downspouts and corrugated black drainpipes for any water collection.
• Clean wading and swimming pools
• Drain water from tarps
• Place Mosquito Dunks in stagnant water areas around your home which include ditches and low lying areas
Free mosquito dunks are available to Suffolk residents at fire stations 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Suffolk Municipal Building, Public Works Administration Building and the East Suffolk Recreation Center.