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Vt. Health Dept. says West Nile virus found

August 5, 2011

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Health Department says West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in Brandon.

The mosquitoes were taken from a trap on July 18.

West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus that is typically spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It is known to infect people and horses.

The last case of West Nile in a human in Vermont was in 2003. The last infected horse was found in 2005.

Symptoms of West Nile can include high fever, muscle aches, headache and fatigue. Most cases are mild, but about 1 percent of people who are infected develop severe illness affecting the central nervous system. It can be fatal.

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