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West Nile virus confirmed in Pa. woman visiting Maine

Dr. Stephen Sears, Maine state epidemiologist
Dr. Stephen Sears, Maine state epidemiologist
Posted Aug. 28, 2012, at 3:40 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 29, 2012, at 8:30 a.m.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says West Nile virus has been confirmed in a Pennsylvania resident who was visiting Maine.

State epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears says a federal lab on Tuesday confirmed West Nile in a Philadelphia woman who developed symptoms while visiting Maine earlier this month. He says the woman was treated at a Lincoln County hospital and has since recovered.

Sears says it’s believed that the woman contracted the virus before she arrived in Maine, so she’s being counted as a Pennsylvania case instead of a Maine case.

So far, there has been no documented case of someone contracting West Nile in Maine, but mosquitoes bearing the virus have been confirmed in the state.

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