Mosquito-Borne Disease Information Line: (845) 486-3438
ZIKA STATUS IN DUTCHESS COUNTY: Currently there are no cases of local Zika-virus transmission. All cases have been associated with travel to Zika-affected areas. Neither of the two species of mosquitoes know to transmit Zika have been identified in Dutchess County, and there have been no Zika positive mosquito pools.
There are several diseases that can be transmitted by Mosquitoes such as West Nile Virus or rarely Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Travelers may be at risk for other mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, Malaria, and Zika which are present in other countries. Healthcare Provider information on Zika Virus is available on our Emergent Health Issues page.
Mosquito-borne infections can cause serious health implications, varying from mild symptoms treated at home to severe infections requiring hospitalization for care, with the potential for death in rare cases.
Preventing and minimizing exposure to mosquitoes and their bites is the best defense against mosquito-borne illnesses. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tips:
- Frequently Asked Questions -
Do all mosquitoes transmit disease?
No. Most mosquitoes do not transmit disease. While there are about 70 different species of mosquitoes in New York State, only certain species have been associated with diseases such as West Nile virus.
Where do mosquitoes live and breed?
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in moist areas, such as standing water. The eggs become larvae that remain in the water until the adults mature and fly off. Weeds, tall grass and shrubbery provide an outdoor home for adult mosquitoes. They can also enter houses through unscreened windows and doors, or broken screens. Many mosquitoes will breed in containers that hold water, such as flowerpots or discarded tires.
When are mosquitoes most active?
Some mosquitoes are active between dusk and dawn, when the air is calm. However, others will feed at any time of day. Mosquitoes prefer a warm, moist environment. They are active from early summer until late fall in New York State. In southern states that have a warm year-round climate, mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as West Nile virus year round. New Yorkers should take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites when traveling to these states or countries where mosquito-borne diseases are found.
How can I protect myself and my family?
To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, reduce or eliminate all standing water:
Should we stay indoors?
It is not necessary to limit outdoor activities. However, you can and should try to reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. In addition to reducing standing water in your yard, make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good repair. You can protect yourself by: