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New York West Nile Virus Survey: Many More Infections Than Previously Thought

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July 30, 2001
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In an article that appears in this week's British medical journal, The Lancet, New York City Health Department investigators provide additional detail on the previously announced results of the 1999 West Nile virus survey done in Northern Queens. The study led by Health Department epidemiologist, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., concludes that during the 1999 outbreak, for every diagnosed case of meningitis or encephalitis resulting from West Nile virus, there were possibly 140 other infections, over 20 percent of which experienced mild viral illnesses.

(July 27, 2001) -- In an article that appears in this week's British medical journal, The Lancet, New York City Health Department investigators provide additional detail on the previously announced results of the 1999 West Nile virus survey done in Northern Queens. The study led by Health Department epidemiologist, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., concludes that during the 1999 outbreak, for every diagnosed case of meningitis or encephalitis resulting from West Nile virus, there were possibly 140 other infections, over 20 percent of which experienced mild viral illnesses. The preliminary results of the survey were announced in March 2000.


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