2 more West Nile virus cases confirmed in Shelby Co. - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

2 more West Nile virus cases confirmed in Shelby Co.

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Boonville man lets buyer keep his stolen car

    Boonville man lets buyer keep his stolen car

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:58:17 GMT
    A Boonville resident had his car stolen recently and when he learned where the vehicle ended up, he didn't want it back.
    A Boonville resident had his car stolen recently and when he learned where the vehicle ended up, he didn't want it back.
  • Original victim files suit against OBGYN

    Original victim files suit against OBGYN

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:00:19 GMT
    PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould OB/GYN accused of taking nude photos of some of his patients had his first court appearance Thursday. He was arrested Wednesday night at a Newport hotel. Dr. Paul
    The patient that brought all of this to the forefront has now filed civil suit against the doctor and explained in detail what Becton allegedly did to her during that exam that she said led up to him taking nude photos of her.
  • Girl trapped underwater 20 minutes in critical condition

    Girl trapped underwater 20 minutes in critical condition

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:41:20 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A 10-year-old girl is in critical condition at a Memphis hospital after becoming trapped beneath a pipe in a water-filled ditch for 20 minutes. At 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jonesboro
    A 10-year-old girl is in critical condition at a Memphis hospital after becoming trapped beneath a pipe in a water-filled ditch for 20 minutes.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Two additional cases of West Nile virus were found in people in Shelby County.

A 33-year-old woman and an 82-year-old woman were confirmed to have the virus, bringing the total number of West Nile cases in Shelby County to three. There are five total cases across the state.

Shelby County Entomologist Ture Carlson says several factors increase exposure to the West Nile virus.

"The weather, the terrain, the elevation and latitude and longitude, honestly," said Carlson.

He says 90 percent of the mosquitoes in Shelby County are the two species that transmit the virus.

"That's the Northern House Mosquito and the Southern House Mosquito," he said.

Those species thrive in the Mid-South. West Nile is transmitted from birds to mosquitoes and then to humans.

"We have a lower elevation, generally higher temperatures for longer times of the year," said Carlson. "[In Shelby County], you're on a migration route where you have birds that have giant routes even during the winter months."

The health department says the virus is less exclusive these days.

"Generally we see cases in older people, but in the last few years, not necessarily. You can see them now in all ages," said Shelby County Health Department Chief Medical Officer Helen Morrow.

Morrow says use deet insect repellant and wear clothes that cover your arms and legs during peak hours for protection.

"They like to be out in the dusk and the evening hours," said Morrow.

So far, 21 human cases of West Nile Virus have been detected in the State of Mississippi. Only one in the State of Arkansas.

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

For more information on how to protect yourself, click here.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.