WEST NILE VIRUS Kanawha Health Department Confirms West Nile Case
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 21, 2012 11:48 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 21, 2012 12:10 PM EDT
, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Officials with the Kanawha County Health Department have confirmed the first case of the West Nile virus this season. The man is in his late 40s and is being treated at an area hospital.
“West Nile virus, like other mosquito-borne diseases such as lacrosse encephalitis, can cause symptoms that include a fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash,” Dr. Rahul Gupta said.
While most who have been exposed to West Nile Virus may not have any symptoms, Gupta cautions that in some cases, people may develop serious illness such as encephalitis or meningitis that can lead to hospitalization, and in rare instances, death.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is urging Kanawha County residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites that can potentially cause illness.