First West Nile Human Case of Year Reported in Izard County

JULY 7, 2004 - Posted at 11:47 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Health Department says it has now found human cases of West Nile virus in the state.

The human cases were reported in Izard and Union Counties.  The cases are the first this season in Arkansas.  Few other details have been released, as the department did not say how severe the cases were or how the patients are faring.

West Nile virus has been found in birds in two Region 8 counties, in Independence and Mississippi counties.

The virus is spread by mosquitoes.  The Health Department advises people to stay inside when mosquitoes are most active, from dusk to dawn.  When it is necessary to be outside, the department advises wearing protective clothing and using mosquito repellent that contains DEET.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)