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More W. Nile-positive mosquitoes in Suffolk

The number of mosquito samples in Suffolk County testing positive for West Nile virus is now up to 30, health department officials said Friday.

The 15 latest samples to test positive were collected July 10 to July 12 from locations in Nesconset, Southampton, North Babylon, Lindenhurst, West Babylon, West Islip, Deer Park, Huntington Station, and Huntington, according to a news release from the Suffolk County Department of Heath Services.

So far this year six birds found in Suffolk County have tested positive for the virus, the release said.

West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes from four trap locations in Nassau County, ones in Bayville, Lakeview, Massapequa and Mineola, Nassau health officials said Monday.

People become infected through the bite of an infected mosquito, which is why health officials advise eliminating stagnant water around homes where mosquitoes breed.

That includes disposing of any containers that can hold water, removing discarded tires, unclogging roof gutters and turning over wading pools and wheel barrows when not being used.

To report dead birds in Suffolk that may indicate the presence of West Nile virus, call 631-787-2200, officials said. To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools in Suffolk, call 631-852-4270.

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More information, including a tips bulletin on "mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses," can be found at suffolkcountyny.gov/health.

Nassau County residents can check the health department's website at www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/index.html.

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