New case of mosquito-borne disease confirmed in Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

New case of mosquito-borne disease confirmed in Memphis

MEMPHIS , Tenn. (AP) - A second case of West Nile disease has been confirmed in Shelby County and a health official says a local death last month was probably from West Nile.

Health Department spokeswoman Brenda Ward says the latest case is an infection that likely occurred in September and the person remained hospitalized yesterday.

Ward says the patient is recovering and says federal privacy rules prevent officials from releasing more information about the case.

The new cases brings to six the number of confirmed West Nile human infections in Tennessee this year.

Last year, there were 14 cases in the Memphis area alone. Officials say the threat of infection remains until temperatures fall low enough to kill mosquitoes, which spread the disease.

There was one West Nile fatality in the state last year and one so far this year.

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