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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2018
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

FATHEAD MINNOW GIVE-AWAY POSTPONED

Tentatively re-scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2018

NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce that the Health Department has just been notified by our supplier that, due to the unseasonably cold weather, they will be unable to supply the Fathead minnows for the give-away event scheduled for this week.

Therefore, the Fathead Minnow Give-Away scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018 is postponed, and has been TENTATIVELY re-scheduled for NEXT Thursday, April 26, from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the Health Department, 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona.

If you have already placed your order, there is no need to re-submit your order at this time. You will receive a follow-up email and/or phone call next week when the Health Department gets confirmation of the new date.

"We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our residents, and we hope you will be able to take part in the Fathead minnow give-away when it is re-scheduled," said Dr. Ruppert.

Fathead minnows are a type of fish that eat mosquito larvae before they become flying, biting adults. They can eat up to 200 mosquito larvae per day. The fish can be placed in unused swimming pools, ornamental ponds, and other similar areas that have a minimum of eight inches of water. It is not necessary to stock streams and rivers with these fish, as mosquitoes generally do not lay eggs in moving water. If fish are already present, it is not necessary to add Fathead minnows, as the existing fish population should provide appropriate mosquito control.

For more information, call (845) 364-3173 or visit http://bit.ly/2na0BSG .

For more information about mosquito prevention visit the New York State Department of Health webpages at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/ and www.health.ny.gov/diseases/zika_virus/.