Last year was a bumper year for West Nile virus, according to newly updated figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
. A total of 5,647 cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported nationwide, including 286 deaths – the most since 2003.
A total of 107 people in New York had confirmed cases of the disease and nine died.
Both Rockland and Westchester counties are about to start their annual larviciding of catch basins as part of mosquito control plans.