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2nd West Nile case confirmed in Suffolk; 8 total on LI

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An undated file photo of a mosquito. Credit: Getty Images

A second confirmed human case of West Nile virus was reported Thursday by Suffolk County, bringing to eight the total on Long Island so far this year.

A Town of Brookhaven resident over 50, who displayed symptoms in September, "was hospitalized for about a month and is currently recovering in a rehabilitation facility," said a Suffolk County health department release.

The earlier case involved a man over 50 living in the Town of Brookhaven, who was hospitalized in August for five days, has recovered and now is at home, officials said.

In Nassau, six cases have been confirmed.

A man over age 60 in the Town of Oyster Bay; a man over 70 in the Town of Hempstead; a woman over 50 in the Town of Hempstead; and a man over 60 in the Town of Hempstead, all of whom had exhibited symptoms in August, been hospitalized and were recovering, health officials said.

Reported earlier were 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, health officials said.

Some mosquito bites can transmit West Nile to humans, with mosquitoes picking up the virus by feeding on infected birds.

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Nassau reported 40 mosquito samples this year that were positive for the virus, and Suffolk 178.

Nationally, last year ranked as the second-worst in terms of West Nile cases since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Nassau and Suffolk counties reported 14 human cases each last year, including one Nassau death.

Most people infected with the virus experience mild or no symptoms, with some developing "severe symptoms, including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis," said James Tomarken, Suffolk County commissioner of health services. Most at risk are those over 50 or those with compromised immune systems, he said, and those people "are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes."

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