West Nile Virus found in Shelby County

The first cases of West Nile Virus in Shelby County were confirmed by the Tennessee Health Department today.

3 birds in two Shelby County zip codes were sent to the laboratory in Nashville for the test.

Last year, 44 birds tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The Health Department worked over the winter to try to eliminate potential mosquito breeding habitats.

This spring's dead blue jays were found in the zip codes 38117 and 38139.

According to the Centers of Disease Control, the likelihood of people becoming ill after being infected by a mosquito is less than one percent.

The Health Department urged Shelby County Citizens to report recent non-decomposed dead blue jays or crow to the department at 324-5540.