(PresidentialHill.com)- According to a report released on Tuesday by the city’s health department, the West Nile virus (WNV) has been discovered in two people in New York City.
The NY Health Department announced in a news release that the two diagnoses came as the city’s five boroughs have been beset by record numbers of West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes. According to the government, mosquitoes are generally prevalent across the city from July through October, with August and September seeing the highest activity levels.
According to the announcement, one of the cases was reported in Brooklyn, while the other was in Queens. According to the agency, 54 cases of WNV have been found in the United States, and four have resulted in fatalities.
The agency revealed that this year had seen the most significant number of WNV-positive mosquito pools with 1,068 compared to 779 positive pools discovered during the same period last year.
In the press release, NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan noted it was the height of West Nile virus season, but there were some things you could do to lower the chances of being bitten. Wear long sleeves and pants, especially outside around night and dawn when the mosquito species transmit WNV. Use EPA-registered insect repellent. If there is standing water that cannot be removed, call 311.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that eight out of ten people who catch WNV don’t show any symptoms. Those with symptoms often have fever, headaches, body and joint aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. According to the CDC, roughly one in 150 people with WNV can go on to develop encephalitis or meningitis, two deadly illnesses that attack the central nervous system.
According to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, most domestic animals are immune to the virus, and there have been no confirmed cases of human or animal-to-human transmission.
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