SCHD confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

SCHD confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Shelby County Health Department confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the county.

West Nile Virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, causes a mild disease in most people. The symptoms are fever, headaches, and body aches that last a few days. Symptoms of a more severe illness include high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, or convulsions.

Health Department officials urge residents to take precautions against mosquito bites by eliminating standing water near homes and businesses and using repellents.

The SCHD Vector Control program puts larvicides in standing bodies of water and sprays EPA-approved insecticides, but citizens are encouraged to take steps to protect themselves.

SCHD recommends that residents wear repellent, dress in long sleeves and pants, stay indoors at dusk and dawn, drain standing water, and install window screens.

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