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Nassau records LI's 10th case of West Nile virus

Another human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Nassau County, that of a senior resident of the Town of Oyster Bay who is recovering, a spokeswoman for the Nassau County health department said Friday.

That brings this year's total to seven, which includes an elderly resident from Oyster Bay who died, she said. There have been 10 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus this summer, according to health officials.

Of the seven cases, five were in the Town of Oyster Bay, one in the Town of North Hempstead and one in the Town of Hempstead, she said.

Following New York State Health Department guidance, the county does not release potentially identifying details, such as age and specific community, about people who contract the virus, the spokeswoman said.

Three human cases of West Nile have been reported in Suffolk County, with all three recovered or recovering, a health department spokeswoman said. Four more cases are considered probable, she said.

People contract West Nile through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Nassau County is reporting 80 mosquito samples testing positive for the virus, and Suffolk, 208.

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