2000-08-16 / Front Page
Birds With West Nile Virus Found In Putnam County Philipstown is latest location for positive identification of bird infection
The Putnam County Health Department has received notification from the New York State Department of Health that two crows in Putnam County have tested positive for West Nile virus. This brings the total number of birds with West Nile virus found in Putnam to three. The new birds were found in the Towns of Carmel and Philips-town; the previous bird, a sparrow, was found in the village of Brewster. As of Monday, August 14th, no mosquito or human cases have tested positive for the virus in Putnam. In accordance with the plan developed by the Putnam County Health Department, the Department will intensify mosquito surveillance and control activities. Larvicide will be applied to the affected areas as soon as weather permits. Based on recent weather conditions and the location of the birds, the County is not considering spraying adulticides at this time. The decision not to do wholsesale spraying is in concurrence with the latest recommendations from the Center of Disease Control in Atlanta.