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First human case of West Nile confirmed in Umatilla County

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PENDLETON, Ore.--  A middle aged man is reported to be recovering at home tonight after being confirmed as the first case of West Nile virus in Umatilla county. The county Health Department reports before this positive human case, there has also been west nile found in a horse and a crow. But it was over thirty specimen pools found to have West Nile that led officials to think it was only a matter of time before the virus made it's way to a human.

"You know with that many confirmed positives, the virus is definitely in our county and it was just a matter of time before we saw a human case," said Umatilla county Health Department administrator Genni Lehnert.

The Health Department is urging everyone to take proper precautions to prevent moquito bites like wearing long sleeved shirts and pants and making sure screens and windows are in good shape. Nearly eighty percent of all West Nile cases go without any symptoms and only less than one percent of all cases develop into a serious illness.