Islip, NY - November 2, 2016 -Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services Dr. James Tomarken today reported two new cases of West Nile virus in Suffolk County.
One resident, who is under the age of 50 and resides in the Town of Islip, was hospitalized with symptoms consistent with West Nile virus disease in late September and was later released.
Another resident, who is over 50 years of age and also resides in the Town of Islip, was admitted to a local hospital in late September after experiencing symptoms consistent with West Nile virus. That patient remains in the hospital.
To date this year, the Suffolk County has reported five cases of West Nile virus, including three cases that were reported in early October: one from the Town of Brookhaven, one from the Town of Islip and one from the Town of Smithtown. All three were admitted to local hospitals and later released.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. It is estimated that 20 percent of those who become infected will develop clinically noticeable symptoms of West Nile virus disease.
Mosquito season extends from June 1 through November 1 in New York.
Individuals who have medical questions related to West Nile virus may call the Department of Health Services: 631-854-0333.
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