The number of confirmed human cases of West Nile virus this year on Long Island has reached 11, with both counties reporting one new case each on Thursday.
Suffolk's total is four, with the addition of a Town of Smithtown man over 50 who since has recovered but who "was ill with fever, chills, and fatigue in September," a Suffolk County health department release said.
Reported earlier were cases involving a Town of Huntington woman over 50 who "became ill and was hospitalized in October," as well as two Town of Brookhaven residents, recovered or recovering, both over 50, with one displaying symptoms in September and the other hospitalized in August, officials said.
Nassau reported a new case involving a Town of Hempstead woman over 60 whose symptoms developed in October. Six earlier cases had been confirmed: a man over 60 in the Town of Oyster Bay; a man over 70, a woman over 50, and a man over 60, all from the Town of Hempstead and all of whom exhibited symptoms in August, had been hospitalized and were recovering, health officials said. Officials also reported earlier the cases of a man older than 50 from the Town of Hempstead and a woman older than 60 from the Town of Oyster Bay, both of whom had been recovering.
Some mosquito bites can transmit West Nile to humans, with mosquitoes picking up the virus from infected birds.