Long Island: First confirmed case of West Nile

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (AP) — Long Island has its first confirmed case of West Nile.

Health officials say a woman from Oyster Bay in Nassau County was hospitalized after developing symptoms on Aug. 8.

Newsday (http://bit.ly/17Pwqn1 ) says she’s now recovering at home.

To date, Nassau has reported 25 mosquito samples that were positive for the virus. Suffolk reported 126 but the county has had no confirmed human cases.

Last year, both counties reported 14 human cases each, including one death in Nassau.

Elsewhere in the state, two human cases of West Nile virus have been identified on Staten Island.

Most people infected with the mosquito-borne virus either show no symptoms or suffer a flu-like illness. A small number develop a serious illness that can lead to neurological damage.


Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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