Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

TLCHD confirms first human West Nile case in Lucas Co. in 2017

TLCHD confirms first human West Nile case in Lucas Co. in 2017

The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed a third case of West Nile virus in Lee County.

Symptoms of West Nile virus infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

Patient-specific information about those cases is closely guarded due to health privacy laws, but the family of Hillcrest High School football coach Cazzie Brown, who unexpectedly died late last month, said he became ill by contracting West Nile virus.

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The health department says the most effective ways to prevent yourself from getting infected is to remove standing water around your home, repel mosquitoes with insect repellent with DEET, and fix or replace any torn screens on your doors and windows.

West Nile Virus is a virus commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East.

"It's really kind of centered in Salt Lake County", Peterson said.

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This is the first human case identified in Lucas County this year from the disease that is primarily transmitted through a bite from an infected mosquito.

Most people infected with West Nile don't experience any symptoms.

Oklahomans can reduce the risk of both EEE and WNV by eliminating standing water, which is a breeding area for mosquitos. It's best to wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers.

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