Human West Nile Case Reported in Greene County

JULY 16, 2004 - Posted at 11:42 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - In its on-going surveillance of mosquito-borne diseases, the state Health Department this morning reported a human case of West Nile virus in Greene County, plus mosquito positive pools in Lawrence and Crittenden counties.  A bird has also tested positive for the virus in Crittenden County.

A human case was previously reported in Region 8 in Izard County.

At this time, no other specific information about the person infected in Greene County is available.

Patrick Harris, West Nile virus team leader for the health department, said "the risk of West Nile virus to Arkansans is miniscule, less than one percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito develop severe illness.  With proper precautions and common sense, Arkansans should continue their summer activities as usual."