The West Central District Health Department says a Lincoln County woman in her 50s was recently hospitalized due to the West Nile virus.
Health officials have confirmed that this is the first case in Lincoln county so far this year. However, it is the 13th confirmed human case in the state. No deaths have been reported in relation to the virus.
The virus is transmitted my mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds. To avoid the virus, officials say residents should limit their time outside at dawn or dusk, use insect repellent, and wear long-sleeved shirts and pant whenever possible.