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The risk of illness from West Nile virus exists even for healthy people, but people over 50 years old and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to become seriously ill than others, said State Health Commissioner Robert. B. Stroube MD, MPH. This is a reminder to people of the importance of eliminating mosquito breeding areas around the home and protecting themselves from mosquito bites.
Jody Hershey, MD, MPH, acting director for the Roanoke City Health District, said this probable West Nile virus case reinforces the message the district is sending to combat the disease.
There were 26 human cases of the virus reported last year and one death in Virginia. Most people bitten by an infected mosquito do not get sick. People who do get sick usually suffer a mild flu-like illness. Few people suffer serious illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis.
Source: Virginia Department of Health