Two Human Cases of West Nile Virus in Virginia

Friday, Aug 17, 2012  |  Updated 9:27 PM EDT
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Two new cases of human west nile virus have been found in Virginia.  Maryland has five known cases.  No cases detected in the District of Columbia.

Melissa Mollet

Two new cases of human west nile virus have been found in Virginia. Maryland has five known cases. No cases detected in the District of Columbia.

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Virginia has recorded its first two human West Nile virus cases of 2012.

One case was in southwest Virginia and the other was in the northwestern region.

Dr. Laurie Forlano with the Virginia Department of Health told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that both people infected with the virus are adults. They have recovered.

Most people infected with the mosquito-borne virus won't get sick. But about one in 150 people will develop the severe form of the illness. Symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis.

Forlano said there typically are one to five human West Nile cases in Virginia a year.

Last year, there were nine human West Nile cases in the state, including one death.

Fairfax County has tips for avoiding insect-borne illnesses.

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