Human Case of West Nile Confirmed in Region 8

September 3, 2003 - Posted at: 1:50 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The state Health Department said Wednesday that West Nile virus has been confirmed in four more people throughout Arkansas.

The Health Department said new cases were reported in Cleburne, Miller, Pulaski and Sevier counties. Previously, the department had reported six human cases, all in Jefferson County.

One of the new cases includes a former mayor of Texarkana, Jack Trigg, whose wife said he developed swelling of the brain with his infection. Carol Trigg says her husband is improving and should recover, though he was still in intensive care.

The state is in its peak period for transmission of the disease, which is a particular danger to older people. Most people who contract the disease have mild symptoms or no symptoms. In rare cases, the illness can bring on fatal brain swelling.

The ordinary symptoms include fever, muscle and joint aches and listlessness. The virus cannot be passed from human to human.

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