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1st Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Chatham

By: AP
By: AP

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A doctor has reported the first case of West Nile virus this year in Chatham County.

Dr. Richard Roth said the middle-aged Savannah man who became infected spent four days at Candler Hospital.

Roth told The Savannah Morning News that the patient is expected to fully recover from the mosquito-borne disease, though it may take time.

Roth said blood tests by a diagnostic lab confirmed the infection.

Officials from the Coastal Health District and the Chatham County Health Department said Friday that no West Nile cases have been reported to them. Chatham County had 10 confirmed cases of the virus last year.

The infection would not necessarily surprise health officials. Authorities have said mosquitoes in parts of the county have tested positive this year for the virus.


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