Health department confirms 1 case of West Nile in Hempstead

HEMPSTEAD - The Nassau County Department of Health is reporting its first confirmed case of West Nile virus in a human this year. Officials say the individual is an adult man between the ages of 40 and 50 who resides in the Town of Hempstead. Health officials say the man had a mild illness and has fully recovered. To date, 22 mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus in Nassau County this year. Officials say they will continue their mosquito control efforts by inspecting breeding sties and when necessary applying larvicide. Officials say as a result of the large amounts of water that have occurred from coastal storm Irene, residents are urged to remove any standing water on their property where mosquitoes can breed. Officials: West Nile virus found in 19 Suffolk mosquito pools

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