Thursday, August 28, 2008

West Nile Virus - Outbreak on Long Island!

West Nile Virus is out and strong on the loose in Mid Central Nassau Long Island. There have been 5 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in the past two weeks! This is more cases being diagnosed and treated here than in the past 3 years!

So far the Virus has struck in a total of 6 Nassau Long Islanders Including:
  • 75 Year Old Man in Carle Place - First Death to West Nile Virus. - Felt ill August 5th with fever and extreme weakness, was hospitalized August 11th, died Aug 25th.
  • 80 Year Old Woman in New Hyde Park - Second Death - Fell Ill Aug 20th with fever, vomiting, neck stiffness, was hospitalized Aug 20th and died August 24th.
  • 49 Year Old Woman in West Hempstead - Ill August 11th with headache, aches and fatigue and is now home recovering.
  • 64 Year Old Man in Uniondale - Hospitalized August 8th.
  • 52 Year Old Woman in Massapequa - Diagnosed with probable West Nile she has since been discharged and is recovering.
  • 57 Year Old Woman in Bethpage - Recovering at home.
Watch the ABC News Report
Disease Spreading Map - now we are having cases in Nassau...
Google News - West Nile Virus

This is no joke people, we are under attack from Mosquitos! What the hell do we do, they are small tiny things we can't even see giving us DEADLY VIRUSES! Are you kidding me?

Commissioner of Health Dr. Maria Torroella Carney urges residents to:

  • Empty standing water from old tires, garbage cans, or any object that can hold water
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall
  • Keep swimming pools chlorinated and their covers free of stagnant water
  • Change the water in birdbaths every two or three days
  • Keep window and door screens in good repair
  • Consider wearing long sleeves, pants, socks and mosquito repellent (according to directions) where mosquitoes are active, especially in the late afternoon and at dawn and dusk
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when outside, especially at dawn and dusk

Do these things NOW! TODAY PEOPLE! Get off your butts!

OK so the weird thing is we found a dead pigeiun at work today, and we are like is it West Nile? So we called up and they said that it probably isn't but it could be.


Also this really bugged me out, maybe I am just weird, but my gf's and I always knock on wood for good luck whenever it is 11:11 now if you watched that ABC report you may have noticed this: IT IS 11:11!!

Do you see it? Do you see 11:11!!! What the !@#$@#!!!!
I have to knock on wood..but how?



desiree said...

thats nuts! is this only happening in new york or any other states?

The Long Islander said...

Well I just found this site from the Center for Diseas and Control Prevention this map of the US with the # of cases of West Nile reported this year.
CDC West Nile Map