First West Nile case confirmed in Shelby County in 2014

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The first case of human West Nile Virus for 2014 has been confirmed in Shelby County.

The person infected a 46-year-old male.

West Nile Virus has been detected in zip code 38107 within Shelby County.

Since 2002, there have been 11 deaths from West Nile Virus in Shelby County.

The Shelby County Health Department urges people to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

• 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
• Do not use perfume, cologne or other scented products while outdoors, as fragrances may attract mosquitoes
• 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. Please call for availability 901-222-9715)