First Human Case of West Nile Diagnosed in RI

Sep 24, 2013

An Exeter man has been treated for the first human case of West Nile in Rhode Island this year.

The Rhode Island Department of Health said the 33-year-old Exeter man first started developing symptoms on September 11.  Two days later he was at South County Hospital, diagnosed with viral meningitis caused by West Nile Virus. He was released a few days later and is recovering at home.

So far this year, seven pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, but this is the first reported human case. Four mosquito pools have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. There have been no diagnosed cases of EEE this year.

The Department of Health said the numbers they’re seeing are typical for this time of year.

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