Getting ready for another fight with West Nile - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tony McNary

Getting ready for another fight with West Nile

The Mid-south is gearing up for warm temperatures and another fight against blood sucking hosts of the West Nile Virus.  "Definitely concerned so I hope that the city and the county will continue doing the spraying and the things to help mitigate the affects of the mosquitoes and the West Nile."  Last year, the virus killed 21-people in the Mid-South  four of them in Shelby County and infected more than 4-thousand people around the country. It's victims the very young and old.  A concerned Kevin Keilty has two young children who love playing outside.  Probably a little more conscious of that this year than in the past.  So are health professionals.  Yes during our department head meeting we give updates on a lot of different diseases including West Nile Virus, so we're very aware of it.  But theres still not vaccine to keep people from getting it.   No, there are no vaccines against this disease right now. Basically if you get the disease it causes Encephalitis, the swelling of your brain.  It can be treated but doctors highly recommend preventative measures. Don't leave standing water around your house and wear mosquito repellent if you plan on being outside for a long period of time, especially at dawn or dusk.

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