East Islip, NY (MorichesDaily) – Officials say that mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus this week at Heckscher State Park on Long Island.
Heckscher Park is located along the Great South Bay in East Islip and is a popular spot for family functions this time of year.
Acting out of an abundance of caution, officials have decided to close the park at 7 p.m. for the rest of the summer. You are advised to bring along bug spray if you plan on visiting the area.
For most people, an infected mosquito bite will only cause mild symptoms. But Suffolk County Board of Health Commissioner Dr. Tomarken said last month that some can develop severe symptoms, including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.
The potentially deadly disease is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and can cause inflammation of the brain and spinal cord lining.
To date this year, 40 mosquito samples and four birds have tested positive for West Nile virus all across Long Island.
No humans or horses have tested positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk County this year.