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August 1st, 2012

Local mosquitoes still carry West Nile virus

GOSHEN - As a result of the continuing monitoring of Orange County’s mosquito population by the Orange County Department of Health, a mosquito pool carrying the West Nile virus was found in both the Village of Greenwood Lake and Village of Goshen.

“The discovery of West Nile in the mosquito population is a reminder that this virus is still present and a risk,” said Orange County Health Commissioner, Jean M. Hudson, M.D., M.P.H. Residents should wear appropriate clothing and consider sprays when outdoors and check their property for any pooling or stagnant water.
• Minimize your outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.

• Wear shoes and socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when you are outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active.

• Consider using mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors, particularly during evening activities, e.g., fishing. Make sure to follow the directions on the label.

Mosquitoes can breed in any stagnant water that lasts more than four days and our monitoring this year indicates higher mosquito counts than we have seen for several years. To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, Orange County Executive Diana reminds you to take the following steps to reduce or eliminate standing water:

• Dispose of any tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers around.

• Drill drain holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.

• Make sure that your roof gutters drain properly, and clean any clogged gutters in the spring and fall.

• Turn over wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

• Change the water in birdbaths twice a week.

• Remove all discarded tires you may have on  your property.

• Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds, especially now that leaves are beginning to fall.

• Drain water from pool covers. Also, remove leaves and debris as they collect on pool covers to reduce potential breeding areas.

• Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.

For more information on mosquito prevention or protection, call the Orange County Department of Health at 291-2332.

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