In the last three days, six new cases of West Nile virus cropped up in the City, reports the New York Times. This is a sudden jump—it’s almost as many cases as have been seen in the City for the whole summer. Late August is, however, the peak time for West Nile virus, according to the Times.
There has been one death among the 14 total cases—the fatality was a man in his 80s who had recently been outside the city, reports the Times.
The number of mosquitoes infected with West Nile is especially high—up 40 percent—compared with last year. The City has been spraying pesticides around various neighborhoods to protect residents, always providing advance notice.
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