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Long Island Has First Human West Nile Case Of Year

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HUNTINGTON, NY (WCBS 880) - A Huntington man is the first human on Long Island to contract the West Nile Virus this year.

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The Suffolk County Health Department says the man was sick for five days and his symptoms included fever, body aches, swollen glands, and a skin rash.

He has fully recovered.

Doctors say if you see dead birds on your property, that could be a sign of the West Nile Virus.

To report dead birds in Suffolk County, call the West Nile Virus hotline at 631-787-2200 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday).

The virus is spread from infected mosquitos.

Since 1999, seven people have died in the county from the illness.

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