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SHELBY COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The first human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Shelby County.

A 74-year-old man is confirmed to have gotten the virus. This brings the total number of human West Nile virus cases to two in the state of Tennessee this year.

People become infected with West Nile after being bitten by an mosquito carrying the virus.

Shelby County Health Department urges people to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

"All residents are encouraged to remain attentive and protect themselves through the use to mosquito repellants; particularly those who are outside during dusk and nighttime hours," said Dan Sprenger, Ph.D, manager of the SCHD Vector Control Program. "Mosquitoes will continue to breed and present a risk for transmitting West Nile virus until after the first frost of the year."

Symptoms of West Nile virus include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

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