HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Monday the first confirmed case of human West Nile virus in Franklin County this year, a 75-year-old woman who was hospitalized in early September.
The unidentified woman has since been released from the hospital and was recuperating at home, said Jessica Seiders, a department spokeswoman.
This year, however, the state has seen a precipitous drop in the number of West Nile cases in humans, Seiders said. The woman was only the seventh confirmed case of the disease in Pennsylvania, compared to 237 in 2003, eight of whom died, she said.
Six cases of West Nile virus in humans were confirmed in Franklin County in 2003, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Web site.