November 3, 2011
Two New Human Cases of West Nile Virus in Suffolk County Confirmed
Hauppauge, NY – Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services James L. Tomarken said today that the New York State laboratory this week confirmed two new human cases of West Nile virus.
One person from the Town of Huntington who is over 55 years old experienced fever, fatigue, body aches, and rash back in September, but was not hospitalized. The individual has recovered.
Another person from the Town of Islip who is less than 55 years of age was hospitalized in August with nausea, vomiting, weakness, and dizziness. The individual is no longer hospitalized and has recovered.
The total number of human West Nile virus cases in Suffolk County to date this year is three. Last August health officials reported that a resident from Huntington had suffered from West Nile virus and fully recovered. Privacy laws prohibit health officials from divulging any additional information about the individuals.
“West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito,” said Dr. Tomarken. “Although rare this late in the season, on a warm day mosquitos may continue to be active and biting. If you are aware of mosquito activity, take precautions to avoid being bitten. Wear long sleeves and long pants or use repellents according to manufacturers’ directions.”
For medical questions related to West Nile virus, call 631-853-3055.
For further information on West Nile virus, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/wnv_factsheet.htm