Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Tennessee


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee health officials say they have confirmed a human case of West Nile virus in Shelby County.

A statement from the Shelby County Health Department on Thursday says the virus has been detected in mosquitoes throughout the county and officials are advising residents to take extra precautions.

Although crews are spraying insecticides and larvicides, health officials say residents should take protective actions that include wearing insect repellant, draining any standing water, dressing in pants and long sleeves when outdoors and staying indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

The West Nile virus can occasionally cause severe disease, but most human infections are mild and cause fever, headache and body aches that last a few days.

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