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MAN, 52, IS LATEST VICTIM OF WEST NILE VIRUS

A 52-year-old Staten Island man has become the 12th city resident this year to become infected with the West Nile virus, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said Saturday.

The man, whose identity was not released, apparently became infected in mid-August but tried to fight off a variety of symptoms including fever, joint and muscle pain as well as dizziness.

After he entered a hospital Tuesday, doctors diagnosed the virus through blood and spinal fluid tests. He is listed as stable.

The mayor said eight of the 12 people in the city who were diagnosed with the disease continue to recover at home, while four remain hospitalized, though all appear stable. Two of those hospitalized were Brooklyn residents, and two were from Staten Island.

Meanwhile, Giuliani said the city will continue spraying neighborhoods. The spraying of Central Park was completed Friday night, Giuliani said. Fresh spraying is set to begin Monday in Brooklyn and Queens.

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit aimed at forcing the city to stop spraying. They say the pesticides are potentially more harmful than the disease.

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