Mosquitoes In Rockland County Test Positive For Potentially Fatal EEE Virus

Sean Adams
September 30, 2019 - 9:56 am

ORANGETOWN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- At least five mosquitoes have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in Rockland County.

The mosquitoes were collected from a trap in Orangetown on Sept. 17.

"The Rockland County Health Department's mosquito control program will continue to monitor known mosquito breeding sites, including sites near where these infected mosquitoes were found. Additional mosquito surveillance activities by our Department are already underway," said County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.

The county's health officials are warning residents to take precautions including avoid outdoor activity dusk to dawn, cover up, use mosquito repellent and stay away from marshes and swamps.

Residents are also being urged to eliminate any puddles of water that might be around their property.

Human infection is rare. The virus causes brain swelling and is fatal 30 percent of the time.

The mosquito-borne disease has already claimed two lives in Connecticut and there have been some human cases in New Jersey.

Symptoms such as a sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting can be an indication of encephalitis.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should immediately seek medical attention.