A Long Island resident has died of causes related to the West Nile virus, Nassau County officials confirmed yesterday. Though specific details have yet to be released, officials have confirmed that the victim was over the age of 80, and was a resident of Oyster Bay. They have also noted that another Oyster Bay resident is suffering from the disease, but is expected to recover.
This week's death is the second West Nile-related death in New York State, the first being an older resident of upstate Onondaga County earlier this summer. 1,118 West Nile cases have been reported in the United States this year, a marked increase over last summer's cases.
Though only one reported human case of the virus has been reported in the city this summer, a number of neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens were already sprayed this week, and the city plans to spray a number of neighborhoods in Queens (Flushing, Linden Hill, and Whitestone, among others) and in the Bronx (Eastchester Bay, Harding Park and Throgs Neck, among others) between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on August 28. See the full schedule for spraying around the city here.