Yonkers woman is first reported Westchester case of West Nile of 2003

A 74-year-old woman from Yonkers has become Westchester County's first human case of West Nile virus this year, according to the county Health Department. The woman, whose name was not made public, was admitted to a New York City hospital on Sunday and was in intensive care. And now the Westchester County Health Department is urging everyone to take extra steps to protect themselves and their families. The department warned that standing water from Hurricane Isabel and predicted warm temperatures this weekend could contribute to the West Nile problem. Residents are asked to get rid of standing water and take precautions against mosquitoes. The Health Department also reported the first West Nile death of a Westchester horse, which was stabled in Eastchester, since the virus first appeared in the U.S. in '99. If you have any questions about West Nile or if you need help getting rid of standing water, you can report it to Westchester County Health Department by calling (914) 813-5609.

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