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Two people in New York infected with West Nile virus

Two New Yorkers have contracted the West Nile, the New York City Department of Health announced Tuesday. That's because the virus was detected in record numbers of mosquitoes throughout the Big Apple.

Her case of the virus was reported in Brooklyn and another in Queens, but the department detected mosquitoes as West Nile carriers in all five boroughs.

Mosquitoes can transmit deadly viruses to humans through their bites.

However, most people infected with West Nile develop mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue, or no symptoms at all.

Health The majority of people who contract the virus make a full recovery, but some continue to experience health problems months after their initial infection, according to the bureau.

People over the age of 60 and those with weakened immune systems are at risk of developing a serious and potentially fatal disease called West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease, which affects the brain and spinal cord. is higher. Data from the last 10 years show that an average of 16 people are diagnosed with the disease in the city each year.

Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile typically appear in New York City from July to October, with August and he September being the peak season.

This year, the Department of Health found a record number of mosquitoes carrying the virus. We detected 1,068 positive mosquito pools. This is the highest number ever recorded.

"We are in the height of West Nile virus season, but there are things we can do to reduce the risk of being bitten," Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said in a statement. Use an EPA-registered repellent and wear long sleeves and long pants, especially when outside at dusk and dawn when WNV-carrying mosquitoes are most active.”

The virus can be transmitted from Mosquitoes, as people with the disease can experience fever, headache and muscle aches.

Vasan also noted that New Yorkers emptied water from outdoor containers and reported status.

54 cases and 4 deaths were reported nationwide this year.