West Nile virus death confirmed in Washington state

West Nile virus death in Benton County
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The state of Washington recently confirmed its first resident to die from West Nile virus for 2015.

The man, who lived in Benton County, was in his 80s. Before his death, he had been hospitalized because health investigators suspected that he had been exposed to West Nile virus.

At the moment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are running investigations and tests to confirm the man’s West Nile virus infection.

Ten other individuals in the state have received West Nile virus diagnoses for 2015. One of these people was a blood donor who did not show any symptoms but still had positive test results for the virus. One case was reported in Franklin county, one in Adams county and eight in Benton County. There has been only one multi-county exposure to the virus.

As of today, there have been six horses confirmed with West Nile virus in Washington. These horses were in Franklin, Adams, Benton and Yakima counties.

South-central Washington has shown itself to be a prime area for the virus. This region has more in-state human and animal West Nile virus exposure than others. 2015 has shown even higher than average cases of infected animals. Health investigators have confirmed infected mosquitoes throughout the area.

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