Seattle woman tests positive for West Nile virus

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials say a Seattle woman tested positive for West Nile virus, becoming the first person in King County to acquire the virus locally.

Seattle & King County Public Health announced Monday the woman was likely infected in August in the Seattle area, possibly on Bainbridge Island, and was hospitalized in September.

KING-TV reports the woman in her 40s spent one day in the hospital and has recovered.

Previously all King County cases of West Nile virus occurred in people who had traveled out of Washington state or to Eastern Washington.

Health department Dr. Jeff Duchin says the case in King County was not unexpected and that residents should assume local mosquitoes might carry the virus.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include headache, fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash and can develop up to two weeks after an infected mosquito bites someone.