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Posted on September 6, 2012 with No Comments
Since 1999, 31 Westchester residents have been confirmed to have had West Nile virus and one death was reported in Westchester. Of the 31 confirmed cases, 27 of the residents were 50 years or older. And with the exception of one, all Westchester residents who had West Nile virus lived in southern Westchester.
So far this year 22 positive mosquito batches were identified in Westchester. Starting in July, batches were found in Rye, Mamaroneck, Rye Brook and Yonkers, with the first and most frequent number of cases in Mamaroneck. One death in Nassau County has been attributed to the virus in New York this year.
Legislators are taking steps to prevent the virus from getting out of control. Prevention is the central theme in the fight against the virus, and Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) is introducing new legislation requiring all Westchester County storm water basins to receive mosquito larvicide treatments based on the previous winter’s weather pattern.
From June 21st thru July 19th, 2012 there were 17 positive reported cases of mosquito batches reported in Mamaroneck, Rye, Yonkers and Rye Brooke alone.