Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00
The Nassau County Department of Health reported the first confirmed case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a Nassau County resident this year.
It stated that the individual is an adult female over the age of 70 who resides in the Town of Oyster Bay. She became ill with symptoms consistent with West Nile virus on Friday, July 27, was hospitalized and is now recovering.
This newspaper called the DOH to find out in which area the victim lived. As an East Norwich resident, I have felt more or less safe sitting in front of our house drinking coffee on a summer morning – when we felt two mosquito bites. I wanted to find out how safe I was, and where the infected person lived.
Interestingly we discovered that the DOH will not give the location of the person who received the mosquito bite because of NYS privacy laws. Therefore the DOH will not tell where the person was infected nor their name or age.
We also learned an interesting lesson in that the person may have been exposed to the virus somewhere else. The DOH’s message to the public is that standing water is a problem and the best thing they can do is be concerned for their personal protection themselves.
In past years towns have been specifically located, but the DOH spokesperson said, “It doesn’t mean that is where they got the virus. Usually people who go outdoors are those who get the virus. People who get around. It is important to be proactive.”
She said the typical house mosquito flies in a radius of around 200 feet from your home.
When I mentioned I had heard the south shore had been sprayed for the virus, she added that Bayville too had been sprayed. She said they did robo-calls to Bayville to alert residents that they were spraying to prevent West Nile Virus.
The DOH sent out a press release with helpful information. It said, “To date, 58 mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus in Nassau County this year. Nassau County departments of Health and Public Works will continue their mosquito control efforts by inspecting breeding sites and, when indicated, conducting localized ground treatment to control mosquitoes that may be carrying West Nile virus. Mosquito surveillance will continue at 42 trap sites located throughout the county.”
The Nassau County DOH offers the following tips to help eliminate mosquito breeding and prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus:
• Remove or empty standing water from children’s outdoor toys, flowerpots, garbage cans, pails, or any object that can hold water.
• Make sure roof gutters drain properly.
• Keep swimming pools chlorinated and their covers free of stagnant water.
• Change the water in birdbaths every two or three days.
• Install window and door screens and keep them in good repair.
• Consider wearing long sleeves, pants, socks and mosquito repellent (according to directions) if outdoors when mosquitoes are active, especially in the late afternoon and evening hours.
• Decorative ponds and water features should be circulated or chlorinated if they do not contain fish to prevent mosquito breeding.
For mosquito, stagnant water, or drainage problems, call the Nassau County Department of Public Works at: 571-6900. Additional West Nile virus information may be found on the Nassau County Department of Health website at Nassaucountyny.gov. Look up agencies, and click on health to find the information.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The streets of Oyster Bay were full with enthusiastic supporters of the Oyster Bay High School PTSA, coming out in force to enjoy a Taste of the Town. This was the first annual Taste of the Town — Restaurant Stroll, and, judging by the crowds and the happy smiles in evidence all evening, it will be the first of many successful events.
This event, previously known as the Taste of the Gold Coast, had been held in catering facilities. This year, the committee felt strongly that they wanted to support the local restaurants and businesses that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The local restaurants and businesses are very generous to the community, whether to the PTSA, sports clubs or local nonprofits. The Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically supported the idea, and a wonderful concept came to life.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
“There won’t be any fireworks on July 4,” said Caroline DuBois. She said letters have gone out to residents of Cove Neck from the Dolans telling everyone the news. Charles and Helen Dolan have celebrated their wedding anniversary with fireworks on the Fourth of July for many years. Having attended one of them was a great boon. It was a massive production and needed the cooperation of their neighbors, who were all invited to the party. We parked in an area along the road and with our invitation to show, we were picked up by a van and driven to the estate.
The entire beachfront was filled with tables and chairs. Food stations dotted the area. There was a carousel in the section where you first arrived. The food was served on china with real silverware: no paper plates and plastic forks. We sat with a basketball pro and his lovely family. When the party ended there were teddy bears for the children and stationery for the ladies. You knew you had been to a great party.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club held their Annual Golf Tournament, named for the late World Golf Hall of Famer Joseph C. Dey Jr., on Monday, May 6, at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho. Hugh R. O’Kane, President of Hugh O’Kane Electric Company, chaired this year’s event.
“This year’s outing was an overwhelming success due to the tremendous support from both our corporate and personal friends. We attracted a sold-out crowd across a broad spectrum from both the Long Island and New York City communities,” said O’Kane. “We are thankful to all those that both attended and supported our outing this year.”
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, more than five million Americans are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Troubled by these statistics and personally affected, Long Islander and NBA draftee Gordon Thomas founded the Alzheimer’s All-Star Basketball Classic Committee, a group of professionals dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia.