Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Tennessee | Lexington Herald Leader

Ben Davidson
August 4, 2018

The resident started to feel ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day, the release said.

West Nile virus, spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, can affect a person's nervous system. The first batch of mosquitoes with the virus was detected three weeks later in the season compared to 2017, according to Callanan.

"With record levels of West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes already found, we are at increased risk of disease from a bite of a mosquito", said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

Tennessee health officials say they have confirmed a human case of West Nile virus in Shelby County.

"Many municipalities have established mosquito control programs, but "the public needs to be vigilant, because this illness has a permanent summer presence in our state", Wallace stated".

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Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, a rash on the chest, stomach or back, and a fever. Less than 1 percent of those people contracting the virus will develop severe symptoms.

There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent infection. Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.

To combat West Nile, the Health Department recommends using insect repellant with 10-35% DEET, wearing light-colored clothing and staying indoors at dusk. Do not forget to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles. Long sleeves and trousers if possible.

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