First Human Cases of West Nile Virus Reported

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Both of the first human cases of West Nile Virus are in Dane County.

The Madison Health Department says a person became infected in mid–July and has been hospitalized. Doctor Kathryn Vedder says that person has developed West Nile encephalitis. That's a severe form of the disease that can lead to inflammation of the brain.

A second Dane County resident developed West Nile fever.

The virus can be deadly, but most people infected with it suffer flu–like symptoms such as fevers and headaches.

For more information on West Nile Virus, log onto target="_blank">http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us/dph_bcd/WestNileVirus/Index.htm>"


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