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West Nile Disease Diagnosed in Walla Walla County Resident

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WALLA WALLA CO., WA. - The West Nile Disease has hit Walla Walla County.

The Walla Walla County Department of Community Health says they've received probable West Nile Disease in a county resident. The disease is a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. It is commonly found in small birds and is transmitted between birds, horses, and eventually to people by mosquitoes.

80% of people infected with the virus will experience nothing but will become immune to future infections. Approximately 20% will develop West Nile Fever, with a low grade fever, rash, mild headache, muscle aches, joint pains, and other low-grade symptoms. Less than 1% will develop severe disease with an infection of the brain.

There is no vaccine of specific treatment available at this time.
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