8th 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 8th confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in a male resident of Shelby County. The TDH Laboratory in Nashville confirmed positive results for WNV. This individual became infected in mid-August, was admitted to a local hospital where he was treated for encephalitis and is recovering. Currently, this makes ten cases of WNV in Tennessee; with eight in Shelby County. The Centers for Disease and Prevention has reported 1,865 human cases nationwide, with 59 deaths as of October 5, 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. Now that the weather is getting cooler, residents should not let their guard down when it comes to protection against mosquitoes. Mosquitoes will continue to be active until we have a good frost in the area. For more information regarding mosquito prevention, contact the Vector Control Program at 324-5547 during normal business hours.