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Rockland second in state in mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus


N.Y. - Nine more mosquito samples collected in Rockland have tested positive for West Nile during what is turning out to be a record year for the virus in the county, health officials said today.

The newly identified samples bring to 24 the number of batches that tested positive for the virus in Rockland so far this season.

The total is second only to Suffolk County, which had 26, according to the state Department of Health.

Westchester has had four so far this year.

The Rockland samples were collected during the week of July 9. Three of the samples were found in Ramapo, three in Clarkstown, two in Orangetown and one in Haverstraw.

The West Nile virus is passed back and forth between mosquitoes and birds. Humans can contract the virus through a bite from an infected mosquito. In most people, the disease causes a mild, flu-like illness. But it can also result in a potentially fatal brain infection.

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