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W. Nile findings shut county parks at night

A mosquito, a carrier for the potentially lethal

A mosquito, a carrier for the potentially lethal West Nile virus. Credit: Getty Images

As a precautionary measure following news of a mosquito sample testing positive for West Nile virus, Southaven County Park in Shirley is closed to nighttime activities, from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., according to the Suffolk County health department.

Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown remains similarly closed to nighttime activities, also as a result of a virus-positive mosquito sample found there, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

The health department will continue mosquito surveillance in both parks and will work with the parks department "to determine if and when nighttime activities may resume," the release said.

Overnight campers can move to a different county campground or get a refund on days for which they prepaid, the release says. For more information, campers can call the parks department at 631-854-4949.

The sample from Southaven County Park was collected on July 10, the same day as another positive sample was collected in Farmingdale, bringing to 32 the total number of mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk County, health officials said.