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West Nile in Yellowstone County

August 25, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

The first know cases of West Nile Virus in Montana this season were found in six pelicans nesting in a waterfowl refuge in Northeastern Montana, the State Department of Public Health and Human Services reported on August 4.

On August 17, the state reported that the first case of equine West Nile in Yellowstone County. The horse had not been vaccinated against the disease, but was responding to treatment.
A Custer County woman became the first known human victim of West Nile virus this year, state and local health officials said on Friday, August 20.

The woman, in her mid-20s, visited her family doctor after experiencing headaches, body aches, rash, and malaise, according to Custer County health officials. She is expected to recover fully from the illness.