LONG ISLAND (WPIX)—Break out the bug spray. West Nile Virus is back on Long Island.
"The confirmation of West Nile virus in a mosquito pool indicates that the virus is actively circulating within the mosquito population," said Dr. James Tomarken, the Commissioner of Suffolk County Health Services.
The sample was taken from Gardiner County Park in West Bay Shore on June 20th. And on June 27th, a dead crow tested positive for the virus. It was found in Northport.
Suffolk County Health Services doesn't want residents to become alarmed but there are things people can do to prevent the spread of the disease. That includes removing stagnant water on property, wearing protective clothing and bug spray.
Suffolk County officials say no humans have contracted the virus this summer. According to health experts, West Nile Virus in humans is usually mild. But the elderly with weakened immune systems can be at risk for more serious infections.
Suffolk County will be spraying on Fire Island Thursday, July 5th from 6:00 until 10:00 PM. Residents of Fire Island Pines, Water Island, Atlantique and Summer Club are asked to stay indoors during that time.
West Nile Virus was first detected in mosquitos and birds in Suffolk County in 1999.