New Case of Mosquito-Borne Disease Confirmed in Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN - A second case of West Nile disease has been confirmed in Shelby County and a health officials says a local death last month was probably from West Nile.

Health Department spokeswoman Brenda Ward says the latest case is an infection that likely occured in September and the person remained hospitalized yesterday.  Ward says the patient is recovering and says federal privacy rules prevent officials from releasing more information about the case.

The new cases bring to six the number of confirmed West Nile human infections in Tennessee this year.  Last year, there were 14 cases in the Memphis area alone.

Officials say the threat of infection remains until temperatures fall low enough to kill mosquitoes, which spread the disease.

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