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Montana reports season's first human cases of West Nile Virus


September 6, 2019

State and local public health officials are reporting the season’s first human West Nile Virus (WNV) cases in Montana. The cases, reported in Custer and Lewis and Clark counties, both occurred in individuals over the age of 60, who are often at greater risk for severe disease.

Both required hospitalization and no further information is available at this time.

Most people who become infected with WNV experience no symptoms, but 1 in 5 develop a mild illness, with symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash. Other individuals, fewer than 1 out of 150, ma...

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