(Memphis) The Shelby County Health Department now confirms three human cases of West Nile Virus in Shelby County.
The three cases reported in Shelby County include a 48-year-old female, a 63-year-old female and a 25-year-old male.
So far this year, there have been a total of five cases reported statewide.
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in all ZIP codes within Shelby County.
According to the health department, mosquito populations are at their peak May through October.
You are encouraged to:
- Wear DEET-containing mosquito repellants according to label directions
- Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Check properties for objects – including old tires, flower pots and drip plates, tin cans, buckets, and children’s toys – that collect rainwater and either drain or dispose of the water
- Install or repair windows and door screens
- Empty, clean and refill birdbaths and small wading pools weekly
- Empty and refill pets’ water bowls every few days
- Repair failed septic systems
- Repair leaky outside faucets
- Clean rain gutters and down spouts
- Secure swimming pool covers tightly and remove any standing water after rainfall
- Store wheelbarrows, canoes and boats upside down
- Stock ornamental lawn ponds with fish (Gambusia) that eat mosquito larvae (Gambusia fish are available FREE from the Vector Control Program)
Humans can catch the West Nile virus through being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Serious symptoms occur in a small number of people, about one in 150 according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Severe symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.