First Human West Nile Case of the Year in MT - News, Sports and Weather

First Human West Nile Case of the Year in MT

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Riverstone Health, and the Department of Public Health and Human Services say the woman in her 50's was diagnosed last week in Billings. She did not require hospitalization and is expected to fully recover.      

Mosquitoes started testing positive for the virus in Montana in mid-July and the first horse cases were reported in late August. Most people exposed to the virus experience no symptoms.   Some develop a mild illness, while fewer than one in 150 may become severely infected  

Nearly 500 human cases of West Nile have been reported in the U.S. so far this year. 20 of those people have died.

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