7th human case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health announced today the 7th human case of West Nile Virus in a male resident of Shelby County. The TDH Laboratory in Nashville confirmed positive results for WNV. The individual became infected in late August and has been discharged from a local hospital and is recovering.

Currently, this makes eight cases of WNV in Tennessee; with seven in Shelby County. The Centers for Disease and Prevention has reported 1,508 human cases nationwide, with 45 deaths as of September 17, 2004. No deaths reported in Tennessee as of this time.

Citizens are urged to minimize the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes by following precautions to protect themselves from possible exposure to infected mosquitoes, including the safe use of mosquito repellents.