Douglas County has reported this year’s first confirmed case of West Nile virus.

The infected individual is a woman who is over 50 years of age and had underlying medical conditions. She had no travel history, and she was hospitalized but has been released. 

“Our first West Nile case usually occurs about this time of year,” Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “West Nile virus is in the community, and we all need to follow the recommendations for protecting yourself from mosquito bites.” 

The West Nile virus infects people who are bitten by mosquitoes that have been feeding on an infected bird.