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First Known Case of West Nile Reported in Bay County

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Panama City, FL - October 6, 2012

Health officials are reporting the first known case of West Nile virus in Bay County.

A 46-year-old woman was diagnosed with the potentially fatal virus during a routine blood screening. Health officials said they think the unidentified woman contracted the disease in early September.

The disease is most commonly carried by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headaches, body aches, nausea and vomiting, and in some cases rashes and swollen lymph glands.

Panama City News Herald (http://tinyurl.com/9zwrbkg) reports Florida had 48 confirmed cases of West Nile through October. According to the Center for Disease Control, two cases were fatal.

Cases of West Nile have been reported in neighboring counties.


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