posted on Oct, 12 2003 @ 04:49 PM
Just what we need, another previously unknown deadly disease....
October 12, 2003 -- Five Staten Island residents have been stricken a serious illness believed to be encephalitis, City Department of Health officials
Four of the five patients - who range in age from 22 to 54 - are in critical condition at Staten Island University Hospital.
Although the Health Department hasn't yet identified what caused the five people to fall ill between late September and early October - or whether
the cases are related - preliminary tests for the West Nile virus, a potential cause of the disease, have been negative. Also, "the illnesses are not
consistent with SARS," Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden noted.