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NYC Has Season's 1st Human Case of West Nile

NYC Has Season's 1st Human Case of West Nile
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The patient is a Staten Island man over the age of 50.

The Health Department has confirmed New York City's first human case of West Nile virus this season.

The patient is a Staten Island man over the age of 50. That group's more likely to become seriously ill from the virus.

The man was hospitalized with viral meningitis and has since been released.

West Nile virus can cause a flu-like illness. Patients may have a headache, fever, muscle aches and extreme fatigue. Sometimes there are no symptoms.

The Health Department has done pesticide spraying on Staten Island.

The health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, also recommends individual steps.

For starters:

   - Use bug repellent.

   - Wear long sleeves and pants in the morning and evening.

   - Fix torn window screens.

   - Report standing water by calling 311.

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   Online: www.nyc.gov/health