Eleven new mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus across Suffolk County, according to Suffolk County Health Commissioner James Tomarken.
The samples, all Culex pipiens-restuans, were collected from Melville (1), West Babylon (1), Stony Brook (1), Setauket (1), Selden (1), Farmingville (1) and Port Jefferson Station (2) on July 18, and Huntington (2) and South Huntington (1) on July 19.
To date this year, the county has confirmed 22 cases of West Nile virus in mosquitoes. There have been two cases confirmed in birds to date, one in Nesconset and one in Hauppauge.
West Nile virus, first detected in birds and mosquito samples in Suffolk County in 1999 and again each year thereafter, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. No humans or horses have tested positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk this year.
“The confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area,” Tomarken said. “While there is no cause for alarm, we advise residents to cooperate with us in our…