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West Nile virus confirmed in Spokane County resident

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Spokane Regional Health District reports a human case of West Nile virus Monday, as well as four cases in horses, all likely acquired in Spokane County.

Washington State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the human case which occurred in a male in his 40s who was briefly hospitalized and has since recovered.

West Nile is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and it is well established that some types of mosquitoes in Spokane County are capable of transmitting the virus.

Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab confirmed the virus in the four horses, two of which died. With the confirmations, officials are urging people to control mosquito populations and prevent exposure to bites.

“Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes that may be infected with West Nile virus,” said Dr. Joel McCullough, SRHD interim health officer. “During mosquito season, home and property owners should drain all standing water, at least twice a week, to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.”

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