Pelham Gardens woman has first human case of West Nile in NYC this year

A woman from Pelham Gardens tested positive for West Nile, becoming the first case this year in New York City.

City health officials from the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene say the 86-year-old tested positive for the virus after becoming ill on August 11. She was hospitalized with fever, headache, weakness, a stiff neck and altered mental status.

There have been 10 infected mosquito pools found in the Bronx this year. Larvicide has been applied in Pelham Bay and Van Cortlandt Park. And some areas of Pelham Bay and Country Club were sprayed with pesticides last week.

West Nile first appeared in the United States in 1999. Last year, more than 3,000 people nationwide were infected with West Nile and out of those cases 246 died.

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