Suspected West Nile cases in humans up by one in Arkansas

The state health department said today that Arkansas now has eleven suspected human West Nile virus cases awaiting federal confirmation.

The state health Department says that a Crittenden County resident tested positive for the virus in private lab testing.

The department has requested a blood sample from that resident for state screening.

If the sample is positive in state tests, the agency will send it to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at Atlanta for confirmation.

The state has not confirmed any case of West Nile virus in a human.

Eleven suspect cases have already been sent to C-D-C, and one has come back negative.

The rest are pending.

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