Clay County Bird Tests Positive for West Nile

September 30, 2003 - Posted at: 4:17 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Department of Health reported this afternoon that at least one bird in Clay County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

No specifics pertaining to the Clay County incident have been released by officials.

To date, 16 human cases have been reported statewide; seven in Jefferson County, two in Pulaski, and one each in Cleburne, Columbia, Drew, Johnson, Miller, Sevier and Union Counties.  The Cleburne County case is the only reported human case in  Region 8.

In addition to Clay County, birds have also tested positive for West Nile in Cleburne, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Stone and Woodruff counties.

The West Nile virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes to humans, horses and other animals after feeding on diseased birds, which are the host animals.