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posted on October 11, 2013 10:15

October 10, 2013                                        MEDIA CONTACT:             Laurie Boston
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  (208) 455-5325
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                                                                                                            laurie.boston@phd3.idaho.gov    

                                                      

West Nile Contributes to Death of Gem County Resident

Southwest District Health (SWDH) officials confirm that West Nile may have contributed to the recent death of a male residing in Gem County. This is the first death reported in the state for 2013.

“We know West Nile may have serious health consequences but it is particularly sad when it results in death,” said Bruce Krosch, District Director for Southwest District Health.

Symptoms of West Nile infection include fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash. More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever, including headache, body aches, disorientation, neck stiffness, and tremors.

This year West Nile concentrated in five Southwest Idaho counties, including Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, and Washington, with 25 reported cases. A total of 39 cases have been reported statewide.

“With the shorter days and cooler nights, we hope West Nile is close to wrapping up for another season,” said Krosch.

Anyone who believes they may have West Nile should contact their medical provider.

For more information on West Nile visit SWDH’s website at www.swdh.org or Idaho Office of Epidemiology & Food Protection website at www.westnile.idaho.gov.

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