Second case of human West Nile in Mobile County

Mobile County Health Department reports presence of West Nile virus in Sentinel Flock

There is another case of human West Nile Virus  which is a form of mosquito-borne encephalitis, has been confirmed in Mobile County, according to Health Officer Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II.

This is the second human case reported in Mobile County this year. Because of patient confidentiality laws, no other information is available about the case.

Humans with WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases often have symptoms of high fever, severe headache, nausea, stiff neck, confusion, muscle weakness, paralysis, disorientation, and seizures that are severe enough to require medical attention, Eichold said. In rare cases, WNV can cause coma or death. The seriousness of an illness may depend on a person’s health and age. Health data shows WNV most severely affects the elderly.

“The public should assume that there are mosquitoes carrying the disease throughout Mobile County,” Dr. Eichold said. “Don’t let your guard down.”

The Mobile County Health Department has a “sentinel chicken” program that has 13 coops containing four hens each strategically located throughout the county. Jerry Folse, the Director of Vector Services, said blood samples taken from nine hens this year have tested positive for WNV.

To learn more about the Mobile County Health Department’s continuing efforts to battle mosquitoes, visit: http://mchd.org, and under “Services” drop down to “Vector Control.”

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