RI reports human case of West Nile virus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A 33-year-old year Exeter resident has been treated for West Nile virus in what Rhode Island health officials say is the state’s first human case of the virus this year.

The Department of Health announced the case Tuesday.

The man was diagnosed with meningitis caused by West Nile virus after developing symptoms on Sept. 11. He was admitted to South County Hospital Sept. 13 and was discharged Sept. 17. He is now recovering at home.

The virus had already been identified in mosquitoes in Rhode Island this year. Human cases have been reported in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

State health director Michael Fine says the virus poses a greater threat this time of year. People are urged to use repellent and cover up when outdoors at dusk and dawn.

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