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By Delthia Ricks

In two weeks in August of 1999, seven people were admitted to Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Queens, and within weeks, each of the patients was dead. At first, no one knew what had happened to them.

It was an unusual summer on Long Island and New York City – one of the hottest on record, and an unusually high number of mosquitoes were in the air.

As the summer wore on, more people would contract the mysterious infection, along with flamingoes at the Bronx Zoo and horses on Long Island. And crows were dropping from the sky. Read the full story >>