The Manhattan resident dies of the West Nile virus, with 5 extra identified this 12 months’s mosquito season


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Six New Yorkers were recently diagnosed with the West Nile virus. A New York City resident died of the infection, the Department of Health said Thursday.

According to the Department of Health, the patients – two people from Queens, two from Manhattan, one from Brooklyn, and one from Staten Island – were diagnosed and hospitalized in the 2020 season. One of the patients from Manhattan, who is said to be over 65 years old and is said to be infected while traveling from NYC, died of the infection.

This marks the first death from West Nile virus infection in New York City since 2018. The other five patients have been discharged from the hospital.

“We mourn a New Yorker and urge everyone to take simple precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi. “Wear mosquito repellant outdoors, cover your arms and legs, dispose of stagnant water, and install window bars to reduce your risk.”

People in New York have been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection every year since 1999, with most being identified between late July and October. West Nile virus activity varies every year. Ten New Yorkers were diagnosed with West Nile Virus in the 2019 season, and of the 434 New Yorkers diagnosed with West Nile Virus since 1999, 47 (11%) have died from their infection.

In people over 50 or with compromised immune systems, West Nile virus can cause serious illnesses, including meningitis and encephalitis, which sometimes lead to permanent or long-term complications such as muscle weakness, fatigue, confusion, and depression. Others may experience milder symptoms, including headache, fever, fatigue, and a rash.

The number of mosquito pools that tested positive for West Nile virus this season is 413, 15% more than last year at that time. T’s health department has completed 11 mosquito spray surgeries and two aerial larvicide treatments so far this year to reduce the risk of the West Nile virus. More are planned for the rest of the season. The health department typically holds 80 to 90 presentations to educate communities about mosquito-borne diseases. This year, the department conducted a reduced number of virtual presentations due to COVID-19 restrictions. Community presentations on West Nile Virus and other health topics can be requested here.

click Here More information about protection against mosquito bites and the West Nile virus. To receive updates on West Nile Virus activity and control effects in the city, please register to receive direct landline or SMS notifications via Notify NYC. You can also follow the DOHMH’s social media at @NYCHealthy on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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