New York City Reports Confirmed Cases of West Nile Virus

Health officials from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that three confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in New York City were detected on Thursday among the city residents.

The deceased residents are a 61-year-old man from Bronx and 74 and 46-year-old women from Staten Island. The patients were hospitalized, although until now it has not been figured out how the patients were infected. The first case was a 66-year-old woman from Long Island, who was diagnosed with the West Nile Virus on the 5th of July, 2010.

According to the New York Health Department, residents ageing 50 and older are recommended to take certain precautionary measures to avoid this kind of viral infection, despite the fact that total and fast recovery is very common. However, the infection is sometimes associated with more serious diseases, such as meningitis and encephalitis, which require immediate professional medical intervention. Still, death cases resulting from these types of infection are rare.

Dr. Thomas Farley, the New York City Health Commissioner, said, “Wearing mosquito repellent when you are outdoors, and long sleeves and pants in the morning and evening will reduce your risk of infection”.