Sunday, August 17, 2008
West Nile victims in Queens & the Bronx
Two Diagnosed with West Nile in Queens, Bronx
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A man and a woman have been diagnosed with New York City's first cases of West Nile Virus of the season.
Both survived, but the city health department is urging people to take precautions like wearing bug spray while they are outdoors.
The victims were a 73-year-old Queens woman and a 60-year-old man from the Bronx. Both got sick in July and were hospitalized in August with brain swelling.
Health officials say more mosquitoes have been testing positive for the virus this year. The disease can be fatal.
Last year, 18 new Yorkers got the virus. Three died.