WOODBURY - Suffolk County officials have confirmed Long Island's third human case of West Nile virus this season. Officials say an unidentified Town of Huntington resident over the age of 55 is now recovering at home after being hospitalized with the virus earlier this month. The deadly virus has turned up in 47 states and has infected more than 1,000 people. Forty-one people across the U.S. have died from the mosquito-borne illness this year. Health experts tell News 12 Long Island that the chances of getting sick are still very low, but those who do contract the virus can suffer lasting effects. Elderly people are more susceptible to the virus.Health officials are urging Long Islanders to remove standing water from their properties to lessen the risk of exposure. The peak of the outbreak is expected to be from mid-August through September.
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