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>>

  • 77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:06:28 GMT
    (WMC) - It was a story that made its rounds on social media. On a recent flight DeAngelo Williams, Mid-Southerner and running back for the Carolina Panthers, gave his first-class plane seat to a 77-year-old
    Family members are upset and hurt that their relative, James Wesley Bolden, is being called a liar and "a fake."
  • Cracking the pricing code: Price tag secrets will save you money

    Cracking the pricing code: Price tag secrets will save you money

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-07-18 16:27:37 GMT
    You see what you think is important on price tags; "half off," "clearance," "big discounts." Turns out, you may be looking right past the most important thing on the tag.
    You see what you think is important on price tags; "half off," "clearance," "big discounts." Turns out, you may be looking right past the most important thing on the tag.
  • UPDATE: Police release details on fatal wreck near Trumann

    UPDATE: Police release details on fatal wreck near Trumann

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:15:10 GMT
    Arkansas State Police say two people died Monday morning when their vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 63 near Trumann. 
    Arkansas State Police say two people died Monday morning when their vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 63 near Trumann. 
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.