Friday, July 29, 2005

West Nile Virus in New York

From the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene:
  • First probable human cases of West Nile (WN) virus infection identified in New York City residents during the 2005 mosquito season – both males, age 50 and 54 – with recent travel history outside New York City.
  • Five mosquito pools from the Eastchester, Woodlawn, Van Nest, and Baychester neighborhoods of the Bronx have tested positive for WN virus.
  • WN viral activity also reported in areas surrounding New York City, with a positive human case in Putnam County, a positive bird in Albany, and positive mosquito pools in Nassau and Erie Counties, and Connecticut.
  • The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) reminds providers to report promptly any suspect case of the following syndromes during the adult mosquito season (July 1 - October 31, 2005): all suspected cases of viral encephalitis and viral meningitis and all patients with acute flaccid paralysis or other motor disorders consistent with West Nile virus infection.
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