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Washington County woman has West Nile Virus, first human case in Idaho this summer

Idaho now has its first human case of West Nile Virus infection for the year, a woman in her 60s who lives in Washington County. Southwest District Health reports that the woman was not hospitalized and is still recovering; her symptoms began at the end of June. The virus has been detected in mosquitos in nine counties so far this summer: Adams, Washington, Valley, Gem, Payette, Canyon, Ada, Owyhee and Bingham. A horse in Washington County also has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Last year, 19 human cases of West Nile infection were reported in 15 Idaho counties, with no deaths. It was the first year that West Nile was detected in the northern Panhandle of the state, with a mosquito pool from Boundary County testing positive for the virus. In 2006, Idaho led the nation in West Nile human illnesses with almost 1,000 infections, which contributed to 23 deaths. There’s more info here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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