2008-08-22 / Community

West Nile Hits Both Ends of Peninsula

By Nicholas Briano

This diagram, courtesy of DOH, shades the areas in which West Nile Virus activity was present in recent weeks. This diagram, courtesy of DOH, shades the areas in which West Nile Virus activity was present in recent weeks. The most recent West Nile Virus activity shows that both ends of the Rockaway peninsula have tested positive for the virus that infected an unidentified 73-year-old Queens woman last week, according to the New York City Department of Health (DOH).

Areas of Edgemere, Bayswater, Far Rockaway and Breezy Point were sprayed this week after the New York City Department of Health discovered mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in the areas.

The virus, which usually strikes most heavily in the month of August, killed three people last year and infected 18, DOH said.

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