Nassau County Reports 1st West Nile Death

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011  |  Updated 4:41 PM EDT
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Nassau County Reports 1st West Nile Death

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The Nassau County Department of Health is reporting its first death from West Nile virus this year.

The victim is identified only as an adult older than 70 who lived in the town of Oyster Bay. A statement from the health department did not say when the person died.

As of Sept. 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported seven people had died from the disease across the country in 2011.

This year in Nassau County, 9 humans and 29 mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The county employs spraying and has deployed 42 trap sites to capture mosquitoes blamed for carrying the disease.

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