There have been 55 documented cases of the West Nile virus in the tristate region this summer. Lisa Oz, wife of Dr. Mehmet Oz, contracted the disease.
"I did not go to the hospital. I was diagnosed by my physician who I happen to live with... I couldn't open my eyes. I felt like I had taken a bottle of Ambien. I had a fever and headache... I think I got it in the Hamptons," said Lisa Oz told Good Day New York.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the mild winter, early spring and very hot summer fostered breeding of the mosquitoes. Mosquitoes pick up the virus from birds and then spread it to people.
In people with compromised immune systems, West Nile can be fatal.
The virus was first reported in the United States in 1999.
"This is one of the worst years. Tragically there are people dying if the Mayor and Health Department had sprayed earlier and more often," Jeff Stier from the National Center for Public Policy Research.
"I am OK. Keep your immune system strong," said Oz.
For more information on West Nile Virus including symptoms, visit CDC.gov.