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Another Virus Threatens New York’s Seniors


We haven’t experienced the Seasonal Flu and we are here
telling our Seniors to Stay Home and Indoors!

New York is dealt with the West Nile VIRUS!

Beware of Mosquitos & the UnMasked Man who Bugs You!

2020 DOHMH Alert #26:

West Nile Virus – Detection of First Positive Mosquito Pools in 2020

  • West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
  • Mosquito activity in New York City (NYC) usually peaks around July 20. To date, no human cases have been reported in NYC this year.
  • WNV disease should be suspected in patients presenting with viral meningitis or encephalitis, acute flaccid paralysis, and/or symptoms compatible with West Nile fever, particularly now through October 31.
    • The most sensitive screening test for WNV in humans is IgM enzyme immunoassay on cerebrospinal fluid and/or serum. Testing is widely available at commercial laboratories.
    • PCR testing, while confirmatory, is less sensitive. However, it may be the best option for patients who are severely immunosuppressed and unable to mount a detectable immune response.
  • Advise patients, especially adults 50 years and older or persons with weakened immune systems, to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
  • Report all cases to the Health Dept of encephalitis or any laboratory evidence of current or recent infection with WNV or any other arboviral infection. 

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