By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Vermont Department of Health has confirmed a case of human illness due to West Nile virus. This is the first such case since 2017.


A Chittenden County resident was diagnosed earlier this month with neuroinvasive disease – a more serious form of the illness which affects the nervous system. The individual was hospitalized but has since been released.

Since 2003, there have been 14 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Vermont. Two residents were diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease in 2017.

West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus has been found in all counties of Vermont. Most people who are infected do not become ill from the virus. Fewer than one percent of people develop more severe illness, but around 20 percent develop flu-like symptoms, such as high fever, muscle aches, headache and fatigue.