Authorities: 67-year-old man dies from West Nile Virus

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mosquitos will bit anybody, it doesn't matter how young or old you are.

They're not particular about their victims.

"I had taken it lightly. Now that we`ve had a death here in Memphis, I want do my part to protect myself."

For Tony Adams, news of West Nile Virus making its way to Memphis and killing one person strikes a chord.

Shelby County health officials said it should.

"Drain everything. Even children`s toys can have standing water so get rid of that," said Helen Morrow.

They said everyone should be practicing the 4 D`s:

  • Defend yourself by using insect repellent
  • Dress in long sleeves
  • Stay indoors between dusk and dawn
  • Drain all standing water

Since 2013, Memphis has averaged one death each mosquito season.

While that number is low the threat is always there.