(Learfield News Service/St. Paul, MN) The Minnesota Health Department has confirmed four cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota.
All four cases were discovered in people who were donating blood and tested positive for the virus when screened.
Epidemiologist Elizabeth Schiffman says the majority of people often don’t have any symptoms, they may not even know they’re infected. You know people can get infected and their body just fights off the virus and they may not notice anything
Schiffman says people who do experience symptoms usually are feverish and may experience body aches or a rash.
The mosquito-borne virus can be serious, especially for elderly people.
Schiffman recommends wearing bug spray.
Last year, there were 30 reported cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota.