First West Nile virus case for 2010

June 20, 2010 19:34

A 62-year-old man is the first Israeli this season to be diagnosed with West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes bred in standing water and usually appears in summer.

The man had flu-like symptoms such as headache, muscle aches and weakness but no fever on June 2. After he was hospitalized, the results of lab tests showed he was positive for the virus, the Health Ministry reported on Sunday.

Every year, there are 30 to 130 reported cases, but in most of them, no damage is done. Those more susceptible to complications, which include chronic meningitis, are the elderly over 65 and people with chronic illnesses. In the first case of the season, the patient recovered. The ministry recommends screens on windows, mosquito repellant and eliminating standing water wherever possible.

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