St. Louis County has reported its first probable human case of West Nile Virus.
The victim was a 55-year-old woman from Kirkwood. She’s believed to have contracted the mosquito-transmitted disease early this summer and has since completely recovered.
The Director of Communicable Disease Control at the St. Louis County Department of Health, Dr. Faisal Khan, says most people who are infected with the virus don’t develop any symptoms.
Mild cases experience something like the flu, but about 1 in 150 people will get severely ill.
Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 8:45 am
This year is on track to be the worst ever for West Nile virus in the United States. Here are the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
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