A woman in her 40s, King County is the first case of locally acquired West Nile virus.
KIRO 7 has learned the woman developed viral meningitis from the virus, an inflammation of the meninges, was hospitalized for a day in mid-September, and has since recovered. It is believed that it was bitten by an infected mosquito sometime in August.
Prior to this, all residents of King County who reported the West Nile virus had traveled either from the state or to eastern Washington, where infections occur every year. 1
It's a no-treatment virus."
"There's no treatment for any stage of the West Nile virus, so it's best to protect yourself from infection in the first place," Duchin said. It's a very rare disease, so that's good. Most people completely. "
Duchin added that most people who are infected have no symptoms at all, and about one in five experiences what he calls West Nile fever – a flu-like illness with symptoms such as headache, soreness, and fatigue 1% experience the virus causing meningitis or other inflammation.
Other counties have been tracking the virus in animals, and in August the Washington Department of Health first discovered the virus in Tacoma mosquitoes.
Mark Geiss, one Family member of a KIRO 7 employee who developed a brain hemorrhage from West Nile several years ago.
"When I came to the hospital, I really thought I was going to die," he said, "I had a headache, and a few hours later it was a massive, horrific migraine. It was extreme, extremely bad. "
Geiss needed two weeks in the hospital to recover, and another two weeks of rest and rest at home.
Nowadays he tries to protect himself.
" Obviously mosquito spray, keep covered, whatever always, "he said. "Mosquitoes are so thick in so many parts of our country."
Duchin recommends that places near work or at home, standing water, such as rain gutters or garbage cans, allow mosquitoes to grow] But with the temperatures falling, KIRO 7 reporter Linzi Sheldon said, "Straight Now, are we from the more dangerous time, one could say, because it is getting colder, is it almost November? "
"Yes, late October is not a risk duration of the West Nile virus," said Duchin. "It's usually the last part of the summer where mosquitoes are most prevalent, but every year is different, so if mosquitoes are around you should take precautions … even now, it's a good time for all the sites clean up where water could accumulate and accumulate. "
Geiss realizes his case was severe. And he hopes it's something that other people never have to experience.
"I think from time to time, my God, that could happen to me again or – it's a scary thing for people everywhere," he said.
It is unclear why the virus moved west in Washington, but Duchin said that humid springs, followed by long, hot and dry summers, are ideal conditions for mosquitoes. Experts predict that the weather will increase West Washington's risk for West Nile]
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