Record Number Of Mosquitoes Test Positive For ‘West Nile’ On Long Island

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YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A West Nile warning has been issued on Long Island.

A record number of mosquitoes are testing positive for the virus, including more than two dozen samples in one week alone in Suffolk County, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported Tuesday.

Dr. Scott Campbell and his team at the Suffolk County Health Department sort and identify mosquitoes at their lab here after trapping thousands at some 50 sites. The samples have been sent for testing in Albany and results from the second week of August showed a scary spike — 29 mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus. All were females with a white marking.

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“They are temperature dependent, so the hotter the environment, the faster the mosquitoes develop,” Dr. Campbell said.

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