Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Shelby County


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The first human case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County in 2016 has been confirmed.

The Shelby County Health Department is not releasing any further information at this time.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include the following:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Encephalitis
  • Meningitis
  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Death

Here are some tips to avoid getting West Nile Virus:

• DEFEND yourself by using insect repellent. Follow label instructions;
• DRESS in long sleeves/pants, loose and light-colored clothing when outdoors;
• DUSK/DAWN stay indoors during this time to avoid mosquitoes when they are most active
• DRAIN standing water and install or repair window screens