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NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Office of Communications
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Andrew Tucker
Friday, October 4, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347


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 Hospitalized
75-year-old man - ParkchesterDeceased
59-year-old woman - Throgs NeckDischarged
40-year-old man - South BronxDischarged
71-year-old man - Spencer EstatesDischarged
27-year-old woman - East TremontDischarged
71-year-old woman - SchuylervilleDischarged
66-year-old man - Gerritsen BeachDischarged
78-year-old man - FlatlandsDischarged
73-year-old man - Unknown place of
residence, but was hospitalized in Manhattan.
35-year-old man - Upper East SideHospitalized
78-year-old man - Ozone ParkHospitalized
85-year-old woman - FlushingHospitalized
69-year-old man - Queens VillageHospitalized
79-year-old woman - BaysideDischarged
72-year-old man - Floral ParkDischarged
34-year-old woman - Howard BeachDischarged
75-year-old woman - BaysideDischarged
85-year-old woman - Richmond HillDischarged
86-year-old woman - BeechhurstDischarged
73-year-old man - Jackson HeightsDeceased
84-year-old man - RosedaleHospitalized
Staten Island
22-year-old man - GranitevilleDischarged
83-year-old man - Mariner's HarborHospitalized
36-year-old man - WoodrowDischarged
82-year-old man - Fox Hills/RosebankDischarged

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