More human cases of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health announced four confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus, one male and three female residents of Shelby County. The TDH Laboratory in Nashville confirmed positive results for WNV. These individuals became infected in September, were admitted to local hospitals and are now recovering. Currently, this makes fourteen cases of WNV in Tennessee; with twelve in Shelby County. The Centers for Disease and Prevention has reported 1,951 human cases nationwide, with 62 deaths as of October 12, 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 changing with some days warmer than others, 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.