.

[UPDATE] Positive West Nile Virus in Rye Brook and Rye City

Both Rye Brook and Rye City had positive West Nile virus tests in July mosquito pool testing, said County Dept of Health.

Caren Halbfinger spokesperson for the Westchester County Deparement of Health confirmed that both Rye Brook and Rye City were among 17 sites with positive West Nile virus results in July. 

According to data now available on the Westchester County Department of Health website, Rye City had positive West Nile virus results on July 6 at one site, 2 on July 17, and another 2 on July 18. The Village of Rye Brook had two positive results on separate days: July 17 and 18.

Halbfinger would not release information about the specific locations of the mosquito pools, which are routinely tested, but said there was no particular cause for alarm based on these results.

"It's summer," said Halbfinger. "We know we're going to find [some positive results]." Halbfinger stressed that there had been no human cases of West Nile virus reported in the County so far this year.

South Westchester locations are also historically more active for positive West Nile activity, according to Halbfinger.

Previous reports about the County's July mosquito testing disclosed positive results in the Village of Mamaroneck and the City of Yonkers. The data now available adds Rye and Rye Brook to that tally.

Rye City Manager Scott Pickup said Monday afternoon, "We are working cooperatively with the County DOH, and to date have not received any specific instructions for additional mitigation measures beyond the current County larvacide program and individual property owners eliminating areas where water stands."

When positive results are found at the mosquito pool sites around the county, Halbfinger said property owners within a one mile radius of the site are notified. She also added that all summer camps are trained on dealing with mosquito and the possible spread of West Nile virus.

The County Dept of Health offers the following tips for residents:

  • Remove from around your home and neighborhood anything that might hold standing water. For example: old tires, buckets and wheelbarrows.
  • Report any standing water that you cannot remove by calling (914) 813-5000.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. 

This post was updated to include a response from Rye City Manager Scott Pickup, Monday, 3:04 p.m.

HEALtheHARBOR.com August 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
What Rye - and Mayor French - want unacknowledged is that it still quietly permits Hen Island to store more than 33 thousand gallons of untreated stagnant bird feces infected rainwater collected from cottage rooftops for use inside cottages for showering, dishwashing and other domestic uses. Unfortunately it is physically impossible to prevent natural contaminants, (including egg laying mosquitoes) from entering these makeshift rain capture systems.
HEALtheHARBOR.com August 06, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Every summer day, hundreds of unsuspecting children, parents and grandparents all, boat, swim, sail and play at camps and clubs on Milton Point and throughout Rye. Shenorock and Coveleigh Shore Club, American Yacht Club, the Rye Nature Center, The Rye Golf Club and the Green Haven home-owners association beach are all located less than a 1/2 mile from Hen Island. Mosquitoes typically travel up to 5 miles from their breeding grounds depending on wind speeds and wind direction. Hen Island is located at the mouths of Mamaroneck's and Rye's harbors and it is municipally regulated by the City of Rye. Last month Westchester reported the first positive test results confirming WNV countywide were found in Mamaroneck. A few days later, test samples pulled from Hen Island revealed WNV infected mosquito larva out there.
HEALtheHARBOR.com August 06, 2012 at 08:58 PM
For over 60 years Rye has permitted the 34 cottage home's on Hen Island to ignore state and federal health laws requiring residents to be connected to either potable municipal water sources (already available to the island) or to approved water wells they could drill. Hen Island remains exempt from these regulations despite its shorelines being only 450 feet away from Rye's wealthy Green-Haven and Milton Point sections where a single family home was recently listed for sale for over $12 million dollars.
tedc August 06, 2012 at 09:02 PM
RYE’S HEN ISLAND “MOSQUITO FACTORY” OFFICIALLY BREEDING WEST NILE VIRUS Early last week Westchester County officials informed the City of Rye that New York State Laboratory test results from larva drawn from the rainwater storage tanks on Rye’s Hen Island indicate high concentrations of West Nile Virus (WNV) carrying mosquitoes being hatched in Rye. In fact, of 16 sites found county-wide as testing positive for WNV – fully 6 of those 16 are in Rye. Yet until this afternoon, no public acknowledgement of the presence of WNV has been made by Rye. Anyone surprised? Remember last year’s “coyotes don’t pose a real public danger?” Or how about - “The meeting was not recorded.”?? This is fresh gross governmental negligence where public health and safety is concerned.
tedc August 06, 2012 at 09:03 PM
But Hen Island is a SPECIAL CASE in Rye which has long protected its cottage homeowners from state and federal health and safety codes that it otherwise rigorously enforces on the Rye mainland just 450 feet away. What Rye wants unacknowledged is that it still quietly permits Hen Island to store more than 33 thousand gallons of untreated stagnant rainwater collected from cottage rooftops for use inside cottages for showering and dishwashing. And unfortunately it is physically impossible to prevent natural contaminants (like egg laying mosquitoes) from entering these huge makeshift rain capture systems. Hen Island is located at the mouths of Mamaroneck’s and Rye’s harbors and it is municipally regulated by Rye. Last month the Westchester County Health Department reported the first positive test results confirming WNV countywide were found in Mamaroneck.
tedc August 06, 2012 at 09:04 PM
For decades Rye has permitted the 34 cottage home’s on Hen Island to ignore state and federal health laws requiring residents to be connected to either potable municipal water sources (already available to the island) or to approved water wells they could drill. Hen Island remains exempt from these regulations despite its shorelines being only 450 feet away from Rye’s wealthy Greenhaven section - where a single family home was recently listed for sale for $12.5 million dollars. West Nile Virus can make a healthy adult very sick – and it can be a stone killer for old people and young children. Heal The Harbor researched and broke this story. See their email release here – http://bit.ly/N9uri0
Jim Amico August 06, 2012 at 09:34 PM
"Rye City Manager Scott Pickup said Monday afternoon, "We are working cooperatively with the County DOH".....Business as usual from Mr. Scott Pickup!!! What you should have been doing for the last 6 plus years Mr. Pickup is "working cooperatively" with Ray Tartaglione!!!
RyeDad August 06, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Five of the positive tests for West Nile Virus were at the City of Rye owned cesspool st the Rye Nature Center. Pickup should resign or get fired immediately. French should go for a swim at the Rye Nature Center.
RyeDad August 07, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Gee Whiz how did Pickup comment on this when he just said at the Rye City Council meeting that he hasn't been informed of Hen Island and the Rye Nature Center testing positive for West Nile Virus. How could this be? Is Pickup lying? It sure seems like it to me. Pickup needs to go.
HEALtheHARBOR.com August 07, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Our latest video about West Nile Virus testing positive on Hen Island https://vimeo.com/47034186
RyeDad August 17, 2012 at 06:42 PM
The mosquitoes in Rye speak French and drive a Pickup so there is no need to worry about the West Nile Virus here in Rye.
RyeDad September 27, 2012 at 02:04 PM
http://larchmont.patch.com/articles/mamaroneck-man-ill-with-west-nile-virus Why isn't this story about a man possibly dying of West Nile Virus in one of our bordering communities in the Rye Patch?

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something