|NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene |
Office of Communications
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Andrew Tucker
Friday, October 4, 2002
WEST NILE VIRUS UPDATE
New York City Cases Number 26 to Date
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH today reminded New Yorkers that, while the weather is cooling down, the mosquito season does not end until the first frost of the year, and that they should continue to take precautions against mosquitoes.
As recently as the last week in September, a case of West Nile virus (WNV) was reported to DOHMH and cases are known to occur in October. Last week, a 39-year-old woman from the Morris Park area of the Bronx was hospitalized with encephalitis. No known New York City cases have been acquired through blood transfusions or organ transplants. No spraying events are currently scheduled for the City.
There have been 26 cases of WNV identified in New York City to date - 18 of which have occurred in persons over the age of 65 - and two WNV-related deaths in New York City this year. Nationally,
there have been more than 2,600 cases of WNV and 136 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
New Yorkers, especially those 50 years of age and over, should take precautions against mosquitoes:
- If outside between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks.
- Consider the use of an insect repellent containing DEET. USE DEET ACCORDING TO MANUFACTURER'S DIRECTIONS. As with chemical exposures in general, pregnant women should take care to avoid exposure to DEET whenever practical.
- Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
Status of City WNV Patients To Date, 2002
|39-year-old woman - Morris Park||
|75-year-old man - Parkchester||Deceased|
|59-year-old woman - Throgs Neck||Discharged|
|40-year-old man - South Bronx||Discharged|
|71-year-old man - Spencer Estates||Discharged|
|27-year-old woman - East Tremont||Discharged|
|71-year-old woman - Schuylerville||Discharged|
|66-year-old man - Gerritsen Beach||Discharged|
|78-year-old man - Flatlands||Discharged|
|73-year-old man - Unknown place of|
residence, but was hospitalized in Manhattan.
|35-year-old man - Upper East Side||Hospitalized|
|78-year-old man - Ozone Park||Hospitalized|
|85-year-old woman - Flushing||Hospitalized|
|69-year-old man - Queens Village||Hospitalized|
|79-year-old woman - Bayside||Discharged|
|72-year-old man - Floral Park||Discharged|
|34-year-old woman - Howard Beach||Discharged|
|75-year-old woman - Bayside||Discharged|
|85-year-old woman - Richmond Hill||Discharged|
|86-year-old woman - Beechhurst||Discharged|
|73-year-old man - Jackson Heights||Deceased|
|84-year-old man - Rosedale||Hospitalized|
|22-year-old man - Graniteville||Discharged|
|83-year-old man - Mariner's Harbor||Hospitalized|
|36-year-old man - Woodrow||Discharged|
|82-year-old man - Fox Hills/Rosebank||Discharged|
For more information on WNV, visit nyc.gov/health/wnv.