October 11, 2012

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First human case of West Nile virus in Rockland County

POMONA – The first human case of West Nile virus in Rockland County has been diagnosed in a 60-year-old local resident.

The first documented human case was a mild infection with the resident “doing well,” said County Health Commissioner Dr. Joan Facelle. She urged residents to take proper precautions to reduce their risk of infection.

Dr. Facelle said as the fall season approaches, the county expects the likelihood of more transmission of illness to be reduced.

To date, Rockland County submitted 667 mosquito samples for testing to the state Health Department and 175 of those, county-wide, tested positive for West Nile virus.


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