CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia health officials are investigating the state’s first probable case of West Nile virus this year.
Officials with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department say tests have shown a man in his 40s has tested positive in initial screenings for the disease. He is currently being treated at an area hospital for encephalitis. West Nile is a mosquito-borne disease that causes encephalitis, or swelling of the brain.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports that confirmation of the disease may take weeks but health officials wanted to let the public know about it.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 43 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes so far this year. And 26 people have died from the disease.