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Hastings Manager Gives Advice to Avoid West Nile

HASTINGS, N.Y. -- Since mosquitoes in Hastings tested positive for the West Nile virus last week, there have been several advisories and recommendations for locals.

"If you've got any pails or buckets or any kind of things around the house, tires, anything that will hold water is where mosquitoes breed," said Hastings Village Manager Francis Frobel. "So if you can avoid standing water, that's a good idea. That way you reduce the likelihood of mosquitoes laying eggs."

Frobel said the village has not issued any official policies or notifications to the residents other than what the Westchester County Department of Health has advised.

"If you go outside, use the bug spray they recommend," Frobel said. "Avoid going out in the evening where I guess mosquitoes are most prevalent. Wear long sleeves and long pants if you're going to be outside for an extended period of time, just the basic stuff."

Westchester Legislator Judy Myers (D-Mamaroneck) expressed concerns in a press release about budget cuts leading to fewer inspections and mosquito tests in the area.

"When you cut costs in areas that pertain to public safety and much needed programs that deal with health issues, there must be some accountability if the well-being of our residents is then jeopardized," Myers said in a statement issued by the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

The department of health collected a batch of mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile virus last week. It is the first positive sample of West Nile identified in Westchester so far this year.

Frobel said all the local mosquito testing is done by the department of health.

"We cooperate, they ask permission every year to set up these traps up in Hillside woods where they collect the mosquitoes and determine if any of these problems are existent," he said.

With the disease confirmed in mosquitoes in the area, Frobel suggested avoiding wooded areas and staying out past dusk for extended periods of time. For more tips on ways to help prevent West Nile virus click here .

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