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An Idaho man believes he contracted West Nile virus after he was bitten by mosquitoes at a state park.
Two days after Lance Bottoms visited Eagle Island State Park in July, he began experiencing flu-like symptoms including a headache and a fever.
Hospital - Boise - Doctors - Pneumonia - KTVB
He visited went a local hospital in Boise, where doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia, reported KTVB.
At a follow-up appointment a few days later, his wife requested a West Nile Virus test - and Bottoms tested positive for the disease.
Virus - Bottoms - Case - Idaho - Year
The virus is rare and Bottoms is third human case recorded in Idaho this year, according to KTVB.
West Nile virus is a disease that is spread through the bites of mosquitoes, which become infected after feeding on infected birds.
Cases - Summer - Fall - Months - June
Cases generally tend to spike during the summer and fall months, between June and September, when activity is the most common.
Although most people don't develop symptoms, approximately 20 percent will develop an infection known as West Nile Fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Symptoms - Headaches - Fever - Diarrhea
Symptoms include severe headaches, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
The agency recommends that anyone who develops these symptoms after being bitten by mosquitoes seek immediate medical attention'
Although there is no vaccine to...
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