UPDATE:Two human cases of West Nile virus detected in south Idaho
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TWIN FALLS-The South Central Public Health District has reported the first human case of West Nile virus in south central Idaho.
“The adult male, in his forties, is recovering at home and was not hospitalized. Due to the nature of his work and the fact that he travels throughout the state, it is very difficult to pinpoint exactly where he was bitten by an infected mosquito,” said Logan Hudson, SCPHD nurse. “This is a great reminder to the public that West Nile cases typically peak in mid-August or early September, just in time for students returning to school, early hunting season, and other late summer outdoor activities, so everyone should take extra precautions.”
In addition, the Central District Health Department has received notice of a positive case of West Nile virus in Ada County. The victim is a woman in her 50's. She is the eighth case statewide so far.
The woman believes she was infected in Valley County where she spends her weekends outdoors.
“Nearly every human case of West Nile Virus this year has occurred in southwest Idaho. We know the disease is here.” said Kimberly Link, Program Manager for Communicable Disease Control at CDHD. “This case should serve as a reminder to everyone, but especially to outdoor enthusiasts, that they need to make every effort to keep from getting bitten.”
Four out of five people infected with West Nile do not show symptoms which can be headache, body aches, fever, eye pain, and swollen lymph glands.