County confirms first ever West Nile case

The state Department of Health said there have been 12 reported cases of West Nile statewide this year. Many people infected do not show only minor symptoms, though. About one in 150 people infected with the virus will experience more severe symptoms, and even severe cases are not always fatal.

“Most people that are infected with West Nile Virus don't develop any symptoms. 80 percent of people will have no symptoms whatsoever,” Compton said.

Deaths generally occur for the very old or young or in patients who have other medical conditions such as a weakened immune system.

Symptoms of West Nile generally include fever, headache and body aches, and possibly a skin rash or swollen lymph glands.

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