Increased temperatures and rainfall in the Northeast are a reality. Total precipitation is up and so are “large rainfall events,” according to the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University. Both these factors have the potential to affect human health by increasing mosquito populations, and now the Asian tiger mosquito, which can carry West Nile virus, also appears headed this way.
“In Putnam we are currently concerned about West Nile virus,” said Commissioner of Health Allen Beals, MD. “While no human cases of West Nile have been confirmed in our county since 2011, this can easily change with increased numbers of mosquitos or more aggressive biting.”
Putnam residents are advised to remove all standing water.
Preventing bites is another line of defense. Personal protection measures should be taken for any outdoor activities. Wear shoes and socks, and long pants and long-sleeved shirts whenever possible, and use insect repellent containing DEET as well, paying close attention to the directions provided by the manufacturer. Do not let children apply this product themselves.
Photo courtesy of Putnam County Department of Health