Man hospitalized with Idaho’s first West Nile case

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Posted on July 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Updated today at 12:31 PM
BOISE — A 40-year-old Payette man is in the hospital with Idaho’s first West Nile case of the year.

Southwest District Health officials confirmed the positive test results of this potentially serious illness Friday.

West Nile is usually spread to animals and humans from the bite of an infected mosquito, not person to person. Health officials say most people that get it don’t show the symptoms, but some become seriously ill.

Symptoms include: fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash typically occurring 2 to 14 days after being bitten.

The Idaho Department of Agriculture also confirmed Friday that two horses have tested positive for the virus.