SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Regional Health District states that Washington state has its first two cases of West Nile virus this year.

The Spokesman-Review reported (http://bit.ly/2xHLKob ) Monday that two men are believed to have contracted the virus in Spokane County.

One man, who’s in his 60s, remained in a hospital Monday receiving treatment for the virus, and the other, who’s in his 50s, was recovering at home after a brief hospitalization.

The health district states a third Spokane County resident likely contracted the virus in a different state and was also recovering.

West Nile virus was first detected in Washington in 2006. Last year, the state saw nine confirmed human infections, one of which killed a Benton County woman who was in her 70s.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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