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Human Case of West Nile Virus Detected in Cache County

Human Case of West Nile Virus Detected in Cache County



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Health officials in Logan have confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus this year in Cache County.

The Bear River Health Department says the infected individual is between 40 and 64 years old and is not hospitalized.

Most people infected with the virus transmitted by mosquito bits experience very mild or no symptoms. About 20 percent of people infected will develop flu-like symptoms. A small percentage will suffer more severe symptoms including intense headache, stiffness, muscle weakness and disorientation. In rare cases it can cause death.

Health officials say people should avoid the outdoors when mosquitoes are active from dusk until dawn or wear mosquito repellant containing DEET.

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Information from: The Herald Journal

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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