North Idaho sees first locally acquired human case of West Nile virus

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A Kootenai County resident has contracted West Nile virus from a bite from a local mosquito – the first such case ever reported in North Idaho. Panhandle Health District reports that the resident tested positive for the virus and was hospitalized, but is now recovering; the patient wasn’t identified, other than that it is an individual over the age of 50. “While several cases of West Nile virus are reported each summer, all previously reported human cases have been directly related to travel outside the region,” said Dave Hylsky, staff epidemiologist for the district. “It’s imperative that people take extra precautions to protect themselves.” Eleven Idaho counties had previously reported positive tests for West Nile this year among local...

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