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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 108-06
Tuesday, November 21, 2006

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MEDIA
Andrew Tucker (atucker@health.nyc.gov); Josh Bell (jbell@health.nyc.gov)
(212) 788-5290


SUMMARY OF 2006 WEST NILE VIRUS SEASON

12 Cases Confirmed, Including Two Deaths

NEW YORK CITY – November 21, 2006 – There were 12 cases of West Nile virus (WNV) and two deaths this season. The majority of cases – and both deaths – were among people aged 50 and older. There were eight cases in Staten Island this year, two cases in Queens, one each in Manhattan and the Bronx, and none in Brooklyn. Last year there were 14 cases and two deaths.

In 2006, 8 of the 12 cases were the more serious West Nile neuroinvasive disease (encephalitis, meningitis or severe muscle weakness). The remaining 4 cases were West Nile fever, a mild or moderate illness due to West Nile virus infection.

West Nile Virus Cases in NYC, 2006

Age Gender Borough Status
67 Male Staten Island Discharged
80 Male Bronx Discharged
44 Female Manhattan Discharged
44 Female Staten Island Not Hospitalized
35 Male Staten Island Not Hospitalized
22 Male Staten Island Not Hospitalized
50 Male Staten Island Deceased
51 Male Queens Discharged
75 Male Staten Island Hospitalized
64 Male Staten Island Deceased
52 Female Staten Island Not hospitalized
65 Male Queens Discharged
2006 West Nile Virus Non-Human Activity

WNV Positive Results NYC Bx Bkn Man Qns SI
Birds 74 2 6 1 15 50
Mosquito Pools 197 9 13 4 35 136
History of WNV Cases in NYC

Year Total WNV Cases Cases of WNV Neuroinvasive Disease WN Fever Cases WNV Deaths
1999 46 44 2 4
2000 14 14 0 1
2001 9 7 2 0
2002 30 29 1 3
2003 31 30 1 7
2004 5 2 3 0
2005 14 11 3 2
2006 12 8 4 2

For more information about West Nile virus, visit nyc.gov/health/wnv.

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